How To Feel Like an Independent, Fully-Fledged Adult

By Hand On The Hip - 11/20/2019

It’s not easy coming of age in the 21st century. While life is good on some fronts (hello, smartphones, and Netflix), in others, it’s a real uphill battle, one that people in the past just didn’t share. There are global issues to confront, careers can be harder to break into, and just in general, the line between childhood and adulthood is more blurred. So how can you feel you like you’ve arrived as a fully-fledged man or woman? We take a look at a few ways below.

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Find Your Views

It’s one of the great joys of life, discovering who you are and what you feel about things. If it feels like you’re simply repeating what you heard on the news, or what you’ve heard your friends and family say, then spend some time figuring things for yourself. Most people have an intuitive sense of their views; it just lies below the surface. Figuring out these thoughts is only step one, however -- the important part is developing your confidence so that you can express them to others. That’s how you become a leader. By and by, people will look up to you in the same way you looked up to people when you were a little younger.

A Set of Wheels

There comes a point when it’s just not acceptable to rely on other people for rides everywhere. And who wants to take the bus every day? While having your own set of wheels helps you to stay in control of your day to day life, there’s another aspect, too -- it brings freedom. There’s a whole world out there, just waiting to be explored, but unless you have a vehicle of your own, then that option won’t be open to you. If you don’t know how to drive, then, of course, do that first -- and then invest in a car. It really does change the game when it comes to what’s possible.

A Place of Your Own

Living with other people is fun when you’re young, but there comes a time when you begin thinking about your own place. Don’t get us wrong, it can be pleasant to live with others even when you’re in your thirties, but the pool of people you can live with becomes smaller. And really, there’s no substitute for owning your place. Not renting: owning the home! Of course, this can be tough, but there are initiatives out there to help you. There’s the FHOG (First Home Owner Grant) scheme, for example. It can feel like a big step, getting your own home, but it is worth it!

Arrived in Your Career

People are normally full of doubts when it comes to their careers. They’re not sure whether it’s right for them, whether they’re good enough, and so on. They feel on the edge. Part of becoming an adult is stepping up and feeling secure and confident with what you’re doing with your life. If you’re not feeling that way, then it could be time to pick a new career.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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