7 Women On What #Adulting Really Means

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by Ysa Singson
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When do you really become an adult? Is there one big moment or move that welcomes you into adulthood? Seven Pinays give us their views on growing up:

“Adulting is being mature enough to take on certain responsibilities that used to be your parents’ problems. And I don’t just mean paying for meals when we go out, because, as we all know, our parents did much more than that. I’m talking about taking care of things as big as visa applications.” –Patty, 24

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“For me, adulting means taking care of myself—changing my sheets regularly, cleaning my own damn toilet, reminding myself to eat and not let stress dictate my habits.” –Amy, 27

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“My parents made adulting look so damn easy; they did a great job shielding me from the struggles of being responsible for your self. But adulting means working all day, paying for all your bills, affording luxuries, and making sure your family gets what they need—all while trying to stay positive.” –Geri, 25

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“Adulting means being able to make decisions for myself and being fiercely independent. It basically means I’m really getting old. Ugh.” –Nina, 24

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“Adulting is taking responsibility for your future, so that the decisions you make now have a positive bearing on what’s to come. I think part of growing up is being able to have a back-up plan. Because if Plan A doesn’t work, where do you go from there? The concept of #YOLO has its benefits, because if you don’t do anything that scares you, that really isn’t a life worth living. But at the same time, I do believe adulting also involves taking calculated risks. Not everything in your life should feel like you’re jumping off a cliff.” –Sandra, 27

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“Basically, when you have a problem or you need to make a tough decision, you’re able to handle it yourself instead of waiting for someone else to fix it for you.” –Camille, 26

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“To me, adulting means having the maturity to recognize your responsibilities and work towards your stability. It’s about knowing your priorities and taking on roles you previously didn’t have to because you’re the only person you can count on now.” –Tina, 30

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