Life is full of decisions. Whether it’s deciding which earrings go with that new dress, or if we should drop that really difficult class, we are always deciding something! Up until this very moment, I haven’t really had to make any “adult” decisions. Probably the hardest decisions I’ve made to date are more in the school and family area. So what will happen when I finally venture out into unknown territory?
I must confess that I’m absolutely terrified to become fully independent. I’m worried about starting a new chapter in adulthood. Coming from a home in which I have everything done for me and given to me, I don’t know how I’ll manage living on my own, paying bills, maintaining meaningful relationships, and so on.
All thoughts aside, it is important to think about what our future will be like and how we can take control of our own lives! Becoming an adult isn’t only about age—it’s about maturity, and that takes time to develop. There again is another aspect of adulthood that scares me: maturity. It’s strange to wrap your mind around. One day, you will be deciding which subject POSt to enroll in, and the next day, you will be looking for a job, a place to rent, and a cookbook (I should have paid more attention to my parents cooking…).
How will I become a functional member of society? How do I avoid putting myself in conflicting situations? How do I know what is in store for me? And all these questions can only be answered once we actually begin our journey into adulthood!
So how do we know that we are ready to tackle the new world of independent living? There’s no books or rules that tell us what to do. It’s completely different from the world of school and home. How do we react when we realize that we need a reality check from our carefree world? The answer is simple: we just have to take each day at a time and know that it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes and ask for help. That’s how we learn about the outside world and ourselves. Also, we have to learn to plan, and not to procrastinate, because we want and need to get things done. After all, it’s in your best interests to live an organized life!