Nine depressing signs you've truly entered adulthood

July 08, 2015
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Being a university student means you’re in that weird middle ground where you’re clinging to the freedom and simplicity of high school, while simultaneously cowering in fear at what awaits you upon graduation: adulthood. We’re talking bills, grocery shopping and the horror of responsibility. You might not know it yet, but there are blatant – and rather upsetting - signs that the inevitable has caught up with you: you’ve entered adulthood.

Bills, bills, bills

It’s obvious, but it’s still terrifying. First it’s your phone bill, and then car rego, and possibly even health insurance. When you move out, not only will you have to fork out a painful amount of money each week for rent, but there’s also electricity, water, gas, groceries, internet and whatever else. It’s a cruel reality.

You start clicking “full time” when asked for your availability on job applications

Once you’ve reached your final semester of uni, the looming terror of full time work and HECS debt repayment becomes ever so real. You start paying attention to full time job openings and genuinely start assessing whether or not you actually have the skills to make it in the real world.

Intoxication is far more fun, but far less frequent

Everyone loves a good piss-up. The moment we all turn 18, generally our lives become a perpetual blur of goon sacks and Jägerbombs. As the years stretch on, you’ll find yourself still loving lady liquor but rarely getting the chance to feel her sweet embrace. However, often when you do get the chance, you’ll take it to levels that would make your 18-year-old self roll their eyes in disgust.

Teenagers become a terrifying group of people

Liz Lemon’s frightful sentiment of “Oh, God. Youths!” when she sees a group of young hooligans will never resonate more than it does right now.

A Current Affair stops being considered news

As young’uns, “the news” was the general period of time from 6pm onwards when your ‘rents would sit down and catch up on what happened around the world that day. Once you’re an adult, you understand that ACA is little more than a show anchored in reporting on the looming threat of crazy neighbours and hoons.

You become more aware of politics

Perhaps the most depressing sign of them all. The PM stops being known as the person in charge and becomes the one who’s wholly responsible for your country being viewed as a laughing stock.

The travel bug sinks its teeth

As I'm writing this very article, two of my friends are Snapchatting me every minute detail of the Harry Potter studios in London. All I’m feeling is a sense of urgency to finish this so I can look at flights overseas and consequently cry over the cost.

The inevitability of moving away becomes all the more real

Once you hit a certain age, you have a newfound appreciation for your hometown – especially compared to the disdain you held towards it during your teens. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, you have no choice but to look for work elsewhere and leave the place you took so long to love.

You now understand what your parents meant by “you’ll understand when you’re older”

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Jackson Langford

Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the throne.

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