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Young people speak on what they find surprising about adulthood

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For Gen Z and Millennials, the time has come to be a grown-up, but adulthood has many troubles.

Work is stressful but important for adults

With our parents’ generation retiring, young people are taking over the workforce, moving out of their parents’ house and essentially starting their lives.

But adulthood is not as easy as expected, and we find ourselves wondering how our parents managed.

A Twitter user asked, “What part of adult life surprised you?” and she got some interesting responses;

We are the adults now [twitter]

The bills don't stop [twitter]

Bills and utilities are the horsemen of death for every adult. There are electricity bills, rent, food, petrol, car repairs and other utilities.

Every single person I asked said the thing they hated the most about adulthood was paying bills.

Yomi said, “The fact that there are more expenses and responsibilities as an adult. You no longer have the privilege of depending on your parents to meet your needs.”

Almost everywhere you turn, there is one thing or another bill to pay. It makes you wish for times when you weren’t concerned about paying for the electricity. There was just light in the house.

Figuring what to eat [twitter]

Most of our adulthood is filled with thoughts of what we are going to eat and how to go about cooking it.

For those who have to cook, they have to think of the hours spent in the kitchen and the cleanup after.

Most people resign to buying food but, even that will affect your bank account. And those who earn enough to have cooks and cleaners, how lucky are they!

Rice does not come with the house [twitter]

I know you might be thinking, “whose money would you be spending before?” But it does come as a surprise that every single thing you own or buy has to come from your account for the most part.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had someone funding your lifestyle? People with wealthy parents might be fortunate here, they get the chance to call home whenever they are in a fix.

Every adult has to work for money and, depending on the nature of your job, working is not easy.

It will take your time, energy and strength but, the opposite is unemployment, and nobody wants that. So, every morning, you have to wake up and work even if you do not feel like it.

If you’re unmarried and single, then you would have to take care of yourself when you feel sick. Most times, you would have to go to the clinic or hospital by yourself.

Of course, your friends might help you but, it is still largely up to you to take care of yourself.

Twitter users had some other complaints about adulthood;

How expensive household items are [twitter]

Falling is part of growing up [twitter]

How non-linear life is [twitter]

The question remains, did our parents have it easier or are young people finding it harder to cope?

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