“Adulting” has become more than just a buzzword of today’s generation. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that the word defines the conscious desire to always make the right and mature choices, whether it comes to their lifestyle, money, and purchasing decisions.
As much as adulting has been talked about and thrown around, it can admittedly be challenging, thanks to the numerous choices available to most of us nowadays. While we are known for loving trends, our age group is also known for our grounded social awareness. Here are five signs that say you are “adulting”:
1. You pay your own bills.
Being financially independent is not something anyone can do easily. However, having the initiative to manage your own expenses even as simple as paying your monthly cellphone bill is a good sign that you understand your responsibilities. Of course, this involves some serious lifestyle tweaks such as budgeting your finances, so putting in the effort to commit yourself to this is a good sign that you are ready to become a responsible adult.
2. You can make your own smart choices.
It is so easy to be influenced with all the new trends popping up here and there. Being an adult means you have a mind of your own when it comes to making decisions, so you choose which “hype” you’re going to ride and which ones to pass. Do you really need to buy an expensive bag that looks like something you can get for cheap from another store? How about passing on a new fad diet that you know won’t be good for you in the long run and choosing better food options like snacks that actually give you more (FYI: A survey actually states that us Filipinos love bread as our number one snack, followed by chocolate!)? If the social pressure to conform isn’t something you concern yourself with too much now, then you can consider yourself on the right track.
3. You pay more attention to details.
This means you are starting to consider details that might be of importance to you and don’t just look at the nice packaging. For example, did you know that the millennial generation is the most avid readers of food labels, with 54 percent claiming that they understand food label content? This doesn’t only apply to when we’re considering what’s healthy for us or not, but also to which choice of food can actually give the best value. Case in point, opting for Goya Double Hazelnut Spread which has the same 13% hazelnut content (hint: check the other brands) that only retails for P154. Now, that’s what you call a good deal.
4, You know what you want, what you really, really want.
And you GO for it. This is also the reason why the millennial generation is considered fickle when in truth, we just have a set standard on what we want and prefer not to settle for anything less. This can apply to jobs, our lifestyle, even as simple as what we put into our pantry. Still, we don’t short-change ourselves and work around possible kinks that come our way. So you love chocolate but don’t always have the budget to purchase all those expensive brands. Go local and look for quality alternatives instead! You’ll be surprised what you will find. That’s basically the essence of what adulting is: knowing what you deserve by weighing your choices.
5. You put a premium on quality.
You can consider yourself an adult if you understand that quality doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. You know how to consider your choices and understand that you don’t have to settle for anything less just because you are working on a budget. For example, Goya Double Hazelnut Spread is at par with international standard for spreads because it is made in Germany. And yet you don’t really need to spend big bucks to enjoy premium quality spread such as this one. That, friends, is the real definition of resourcefulness.
Did you tick any of the things mentioned above? If yes, then congrats! You can now officially consider yourself successful at adulting. Even if you’ve only accomplished one or two from this list, it still means that you have progress. Remember though, adulting isn’t really something that stops. It’s a never-ending process because there are always new things to discover and enjoy.
I am Karina Ramos, a mom of three amazing kids. I am fascinated with almost every aspect of life, especially technology.