The change from being a care-free teenager to suddenly being labelled as a grown up adult is enormous. And if that wasn’t enough, the additional responsibilities in day to day life instantly grow, making even the resilient of us sweat with nerves! Going into adulthood has always been a difficult passage, however in the 21st century, adult liabilities have increased tenfold with the added pressure of meeting certain milestones which can be a little difficult due to continually rising inflation rates and a decline in household income. So, the question arises, how does one adult in the 21st century? Read on to find out!
Learn basic life skills
It’s important for every living individual to be equipped with a variety of basic life skills from a young age; the younger we learn these skills, the better. Such skills can include, but are not limited to being able to cook a basic meal (mum won’t be around forever!), undertaking simple DIY tasks (such as changing a light bulb or unclogging a blocked toilet), easy car repairs (changing a flat tyre should be at the top of your list!) as well as basic housekeeping and first aid. As an adult, you’re most likely going to move out to your own place, so every single skill counts – especially if you don’t want to fork out money to external help.
Budgeting your finances
As an adult, you’re expected to cover your own daily living expenses, so having a steady income should be at the top of your list. Of course, if you’re planning on getting a job, you need to understand how to compile a well written cover letter and resume as this is a requirement for most roles in the labour market and can help you get your foot in you chosen field. Once you have money coming in, it’s crucial to be able to manage your finances efficiently (trust me, being left out of pocket is no fun!) so learn how to budget and consider investing some of your money for long-term savings.
Get onto the property ladder
If you are confident that you have enough savings to use for a deposit, then go ahead and get onto the property ladder while you can! Making a major purchase is a learning curve for anyone, so be sure to do your research in order to make a smart purchase and be sure to get a solicitor to make the whole process that little bit easier. Once you’ve bought your first property, you should ensure that you are up to date with your bills and you have valid home insurance to cover yourself (and to protect your family, if applicable) – this is an absolute must in case of a damage to your property and possessions.
Look after your health
As an adult, you should prioritise your health, both physical and mental, above all, because let’s get serious, that’s the only way you’re going to be able to check off the plans you have for yourself, right? Get your annual health checks done (including your dental and eye health) and check in on your mental mindframe as well. Remember, going to therapy is nothing to be ashamed about, and in today’s society, it’s becoming more and more popular amongst individuals.
So, that’s pretty much a wrap! Whilst this is just a basic guide to adulting in the 21st century, be sure to do your own research and gain specific advice depending on your situation for a clearer picture.
Until next time.