If you raised your hand, good for you. But if you’re like me and need a little practice, there is no shame in self-improvement for late bloomers!
At an age where many of my friends have nailed the grown-up thing and graduated onto raising their own humans, I am in an adolescent limbo. What’s so bad about that I hear you say? We all go through it – it’s a natural part of life. This is of course true but I happen to find myself in an extended state – I’m pushing two decades and enough is enough. Time to qualify and excel as a grown-up person. So here they are, my top adulting goals for the rest of 2016.
1. Ensure hand washing is processed within 4 weeks of it the hitting laundry basket.
One’s ability to master boring domestic tasks is crucial to successful adulting. Tasks need to form part of a regular routine, effortless and second nature. I am proud to say my laundry skills are relatively developed. I don’t mean to boast or anything but I’ve been separating my whites and my colours since I was 11. However when it comes to the pesky hand washing, I live in denial. Woollen jumpers have been known to sit in my laundry basket gathering even more dust for several months. This is an alarming length of time given winter only lasts for three.
2. Consume at least one form of current affairs everyday but aim for saturation.
We should all know more about what is going on around us and the things that matter – politics, world conflict, social justice and conservation issues to name but a few. Too much time is spent preoccupied with things that don’t matter i.e. what Kim Kardashian had for lunch and bogus reality television. Whether it be local or international in flavour, feeding the mind full to the brim with world affairs makes one wise, opinionated (in a good way) and interesting. Although these traits probably aren’t crucial pre-requisites for successful adulting, they sure as hell make you a more informed individual at a dinner party.
3. Lighting a BBQ
This is an important box to check particularly for women who have spent their lives avoiding the task because they always seem to have a manly man at the ready to do it for them. Everyone should know how to confidently handle a gas bottle so as not to be at risk of blowing things up or unnecessarily singing eyebrows.
A teeny, weeny little step in the oral hygiene process that for many years I have snickered at behind its back. But, it’s time to embrace cleaning the gaps between my teeth. Bacteria be gone I say, pesky plaque build-up, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease result in dental bills and I’d prefer to max my credit card on shoes and handbags and other very grown-up fashion items.
5. Sort your bank accounts and budget
Ah, finance. I am pretty clueless. I feel like this is something that isn’t discussed a hell of a lot either, you either have the knowledge and entry into the secret finance club or you’re flailing in late credit card payments, zero savings for a rainy day and in budget denial. I reckon having a mortgage sorts most people out pretty quickly but if you’re sans property, child and other big ticket financial items like me, I’ve had no compelling reason to get this area of my life running with military precision. Budgets and me might never be besties but we can stop blowing raspberries at each other across the playground and learn to play nice.
6. Don’t eat entire blocks of chocolate
As a child our portion sizes are, for the most part, beyond our control. Our dietary intake is monitored. As an adult, no one is telling us when to stop. We should probably just know when enough is enough. Pffft, stuff it, I’m going to put being able to eat the entire block of chocolate into the ‘perk of being an adult’ category. Tick.
Feel free to share any other essential adulting tasks. Us adults need to stick together.