1. You get jaded.
Getting jaded is part of life, and this isn't exactly such a negative thing considering it brings us to the reality that there are bad things in the world. Still, a part of you wishes 1) you weren't lied to all these years and 2) the world didn't suck so much in the first place.
2. You have to almost always be professional.
And that means hiding the urge to show your feelings and tell things like they are when your officemate or boss is barking at your back. Yes, there's value in listening and thinking first before you act/react. But to have to keep a straight or smiling face all the time even when you want to snap at that impolite bitch?! It's so hard to wait 'til you get home and cry/rant to your mom!
3. All the money stuff.
This is a problem if you're really, really clueless with money. Wait, there's a number of us out there! What does a bank account do? What bank should you even go to? What's the interest rate you want? How else can you make your money grow apart from saving your salary? You can't help thinking these things should've been taught in school.
There's probably a special place in the next life for people who pocket the taxes instead of using them to improve the lives of our countrymen, right? Sadly there are too many of them and you can't help feeling more dejected.
5. You see people succeeding in life and you're just like
You see them getting promoted one by one or getting their dream jobs or their dream position. You see some starting their own business. And you see some getting engaged or married. It seems like everyone has figured out life, except you. Of course you're happy and excited for them. But you also wonder what is happening with you. Is there even anything going on? Crap.
6. No more summer vacays.
Unless you're a teacher, you don't get to enjoy two months of doing nothing or a week of being out of town. And just when you've started to see the value of breaks hence can enjoy them more, you're too busy working. Funny how life works.
7. You lose some friends and grow distant from them.
This can be a good thing when that "friend" secretly hated you and wanted to see you fail. But not all the people you lose and grow distant from were mean. You guys just developed a new and different set of interests and hobbies. That's normal, sure. It's just sad that it's as if you guys didn't have a pretty great history. They did make your grade school and high school years worth while.
8. You hardly hang out with the friends you're close to.
Because you guys are all busy pursuing your dreams or getting by with work or starting a business or family. Therefore it's so hard to find time when everyone's free to have a group date. It's understandable, of course. You just miss them a lot.
9. The actors/actresses/musicians/other famous people who're significant to you are also getting old and sick and...yeah.
Maybe what's worse than the next generation of kids not knowing anything about the shows, the books, movies, and music you grew up to is that those people who made those things happen or who made them extra amazing are passing away. You're pretty sure their legacy will go on, but a part of you did die with them. #RIPAlanRickman #YouTooChristopherLee
10. You get pressured to get married.
It can be your relatives doing it because they were married at your age, or it could be coming from you because you have a life plan and want to have kids before you turn 30, and so on.
11. You're pressured to find a partner.
There's something about being single that most people think is just something that happens to you, not exactly your first choice. So if you're single, some people will pity you and that is, quite frankly, annoying. If you're not in a rush to get into a relationship, that should be respected too regardless of age! You've heard your parents or titas tell you it's much harder to find a partner as time goes by since the people in your circle are getting settled on their own. It's probably true, but it stings. Anyway, it's not like being single is the worst thing that can happen to someone!
12. You feel tired a lot.
You cannot imagine yourself commuting when you're 34. You have a hard time climbing the stairs for crying out loud! Sitting down all day at work is definitely helping you feel more and more lethargic each day. And let's not get started on all the junk food you're chowing down just to get you through the day. Tsk tsk. (Or maybe you're just lazy? LOL.)
13. You work/interact with people who suck.
Some people you know backstab you, ruin your name, sabotage your work, or cheat their way up the ladder. As for the people you don't know, well, they don't even flush the toilet (WHY?!), clean up after themselves, or know how to line up. Those things don't even have to be thought about! And these are ADULTS. WITH JOBS. WITH EXPERIENCE. Why on earth aren't they more mindful?! UGH.
14. Job hunting is hard AF.
It's hard to look for companies and openings, and the emotional stress that comes with thinking about your future is just too much!
15. You see the younger generation and they look hot AF.
And you're just like, "What! I didn't look like that when I was 20, and I still don't look like that at 24! What're the kids eating these days?!"
16. You realize that the grades you worked so hard for don't really matter.
The recruiters look at the schools you've attended, your course, and your skills. That whole thing about high grades being a key for success? BS. Sure, all the studying and hard work you did paid off in other ways (made you more attentive, a better worker, etc.). But now you just wish you just had more fun with people and your orgs back in high school or college instead of spending so much time on your own in the library or at home. The plus side to this is that now you know that grades are just a number. It's what you've learned and the people you shared moments with that count the most.
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