Let’s Get Personal: A List of Adult Concerns
I’ve got a question for you: how did you know when you officially “came of age?” Was it when you turned a certain number? Or would you say it was a certain moment, for instance, when you started living on your own or had sex for the first time? The reason I ask is because, well, I guess I’ve never taken the time to ask myself. According to Google, I’ve been an adult for 10 years now, which is utterly mind-boggling because it certainly doesn’t feel that way. I don’t know what’s more bizarre, though—that, or how as a kid, I used to think adults had all the answers. Now I know that is definitely not the case, or at least not for me. There is no such thing as an “adult guidebook,” which can be both invigorating and incredibly frustrating.
Acknowledging that there is so much more I need to learn about in life, lately, I’ve been challenging myself to become more vulnerable. Striking up conversations with strangers, vocalizing my opinion more, you name it—and come to find out, so many of us share the same questions and concerns. Which got me thinking, if we could all tap into the mysterious vortex of vulnerability, just imagine how much we could solve together. So, like Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson shared in her recent memoir I Might Regret This (if you haven’t read it, you should, it’s amazing!) here is the laundry list of “adult concerns” (big and small) that have been running through my mind lately. I dare you to share yours.
My Long, Elaborate List of Adult Concerns:
How to achieve equality (racial, gender, LGBTQIA)
Reversing climate change
Saving the ocean’s coral reefs
Accessible health care for all
The current political environment
Why is everything wrapped in plastic these days?
Are the plastic produce bags really necessary?
Reducing plastic consumption
Eating fewer preservatives
Keeping plants alive
No, making plants THRIVE
Taxes: Should I hire an accountant or just use TurboTax?
But if I use TurboTax, will I remember all of my deductibles?
What all counts as deductibles?
Will I ever understand deductibles?
Will I ever live in a space larger than 250 square feet?
Will I ever live in a space where my bed doesn’t double as my couch?
How to avoid “filter bubbles”
Will Amazon one day take over?
What about Facebook?
What long-term effects will social media have?
How to keep in touch and not be on social media
Finding ways to volunteer more
Becoming more civically involved/educated
How to better support local artisans/farmers/entrepreneurs
The impacts of fast-fashion and our environment
Should I start to meditate each morning?
Will I one day find my “center”?
Where is my “center”?
Equal educational opportunities
The Internet and privacy issues
Giving away too much personal data online
My digital footprint
My environmental footprint
Multi-tasking and is it a good thing?
Whether I’ll be able to one day do those yoga pretzel moves
Is flossing once a day enough?
Will I ever be “ready” for kids?
Will I be able to get pregnant?
Will my kids grow up in a safe world?
Can I even afford kids?
The health of family/friends
Should I get Lasik eye surgery?
Should I get an IUD?
Am I saving enough for retirement?
Are smoothies healthier than juice?
Why people ask if I’m getting enough protein when I say I’m a vegan
The chemicals in my makeup/shampoos/lotions
All ingredients I can’t pronounce
Why are those ingredients even allowed?
When to go organic
Am I properly washing produce?
Finding a better way to rinse quinoa before cooking
Why do you need to rinse quinoa before cooking?
Is it possible to eat too many chickpeas?
Why does Spirulina smell like fish food?
Am I the only one who thinks that?
Finding time to learn another language
What are the best new shows on Netflix?
Am I thinking about Netflix too much; should I be reading instead?
Dedicating more time to reading
Eating too many avocados
Is coconut oil healthy?
Good fats vs. bad fats
Is my phone being tapped?
Educating others on saving wildlife
How often should I wash sheets/towels?
How often should I wash bras/yoga pants?
The right way to place bras in a drawer
Should I lay them all flat on each other or invert one side?
Insurance options for rental cars—how to know which to choose?
Are Bluetooth headphones safe?
Did my mom worry about these things when she was my age?
Am I calling my mom enough?
Am I calling my dad enough?
How do I know if I am addicted to caffeine?
Is it normal to like to snack on prunes?
Am I on the right path, making the right decisions?
Will I find a fulfilling career?
How will I die?
Will I ever stop biting my nails?
Do people notice I bite my nails? (Ah, they have to, right?)
Does this list make me sound paranoid?
Should I even care? No.
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Kathryn is a bright-eyed twenty-something who adores adventure, good company, and breakfast for dinner. She appreciates you being here and wishes you a lovely day.