Adulthood is a very ill-defined time. For some, it starts as soon as they hit eighteen. For others, it takes years to arrive. If you really want to know that you’ve made it as an adult, though, you should take a look at the four signs below.
You Can Get Your Car Maintenance Done on Time
This is a little thing, but it’s indicative of a special kind of financial stability. If you can get your car maintenance done on schedule, it’s because you not only have enough money in the bank to get the work done, but that doing so isn’t going to totally derail your monthly budget. There are fewer things better than being able to spend money on something you need without worrying about what comes next.
You Bought New Furniture
Going out and buying furniture is a uniquely adult task. When you’re first getting established, most of your furniture will come from relatives, friends, yard sales, and the side of the road. When you’ve really made it, though, is when you can go out and get new furniture on demand. It might still be a major expense, but you’ve reached the point in your life at which you feel comfortable making this type of investment.
You Look Forward to Work
Another way to know that you’ve made is that you don’t hate doing your job. You might not love your coworkers or waking up early, but you realize that you’re actually good at what you do and you enjoy getting your job done. This doesn’t mean that you don’t long for vacation or you don’t fantasize about getting away from it all, but it does mean that you’ve made the transition away from a temporary job into a career about which you actually care.
You Can Afford All Your Bills, Plus Some
Being able to afford your rent, car payments, insurance, phone bills, and debt payoff is impressive in its own right. When you add on extra expenses that you’re easily paying for, it shows a level of financial responsibility and career stability. Maybe you’ve finally upgraded to on demand cable or you’re the one who pays for the Netflix account for all your friends and family. Handling all of your bills and expenses without batting an eye shows that you’ve transitioned seamlessly as an adult.
You’ve Stopped Talking About High School
Finally, you know that you’ve made it as an adult when you can stop obsessing about the past. You might still talk to your old friends from high school, but that’s not what defines your life any longer. You’ve gotten over the bad things and you’ve put the great things in perspective—you’re ready to focus on your future instead of your past. When you get to this point, you know that your adult life is going well.
Making it definitely varies from person to person, but the four signs above are all good indicators that life is going well. If you feel stable, happy, and willing to look towards the future, you can feel confident that you’re doing well in adulthood.