Five signs you're in denial about growing up

June 15, 2017
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After finishing school, people tend to grow up and mature… well at least mature a bit more than what they were like in high school. You're in your 20s, which means you've got a lot going on between work, travel, uni and your social life, but even then there are still a few people out there that have that Peter Pan syndrome – AKA, you’re in denial about growing up.

Saving is NOT a priority

You still haven't grasped the concept of saving. You're in serious denial as to why saving should even be a priority until you’re actually looking to either move out of home or buy a car. You zone out when your parents start talking to you about the benefits of compound interest saving, and how you should be putting a percentage of each month's paychecks into your savings.

That finance-y stuff can wait

Tax? You still don't earn enough to qualify to pay tax – so why do you even need to know anything about it yet? Well if you had been bothered to look into it, you would’ve been able to get back your hard earned cash.

On top of that, you have the mentality that while you're still in your early 20s, you don't even need to start thinking about your superannuation. It’s not like you’re really going to care about that money until you get it in 40 years’ time! And investing? You still think investing is just for stockbrokers on Wall Street – not for twenty-somethings.

You're still in debt to your parents

After spending too much money partying over the break, you find yourself borrowing money from your parents so you can afford textbooks (and a bit more to keep the smashed avo brunch dates going with friends). Or maybe you bought too many cocktails and souvenirs on your last Contiki trip you find yourself indebted to your parents for quite a couple of months’ worth of paychecks. It's not a good idea to already be getting into the habit of being in debt, even if it’s just to your parents. 

Chores aren't your thing

Using the washing machine is still a foreign concept for you. You tried washing your own clothes once, but you ended up dying all of your whites pink and shrinking your favourite jumper. So the system of throwing your dirty clothes in the laundry basket and then finding a neatly folded pile of your clean clothes appearing on your bed the next day works perfectly fine for you.

You still don't know how to cook

It has been twenty-something years and you still don't know how to cook yourself a half decent meal. Most nights you still get your folks to make you a nice wholesome homemade meal, but on the off night when mum isn’t there to cook for you, you either go for option A, making two minute noodles, or option B, going out for dinner because it's not like you’re on a budget anyway or option C which is simply starving and watching Netflix.

Everyone needs to grow up

It can be daunting thinking about all the responsibilities of being an adult. But if you take it one step at a time, it might not be as hard as you imagined – perhaps the first step can be booking your own doctor’s appointment. But for those out there who have already started to grow up (maybe), you can help your friends who need to get kicked out of #Neverland and start growing the hell up.

Monique Taylor

Monique is studying a Bachelor of Media with PR & Advertising at UNSW. She is a lover of animals, chocolate and is a travel enthusiast.