15 Real-World Essentials Missing From Textbooks!

Is adulthood really as easy as it looks? That time in your life when you move from being a teenager to becoming an adult can be a massive change for most people. There are so many changes that happen that you don't expect. In this article, we'll discuss fifteen things teenagers don't realize come with adulthood.

1. We're All Faking It

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As surprising as it may seem, nobody knows what they're doing. Even your parents or teachers, who seem to have it all together, are just making it up as they go along. So don't be too hard on yourself if you don't have everything figured out just yet.

2. Everything is Expensive

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Everything is expensive when you move out. You never truly realize how much money goes into maintaining a home. Rent, utilities, groceries, and all the little things you never thought about before add up quickly. Make sure you have a solid plan and budget before moving out on your own.

3. Adult Friendships Need Maintenance

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When you're in school, it's easy to make friends because you see the same people every day. But as an adult, you must put in effort to spend time with your friends and maintain relationships. 

4. You're Your Own Strongest Ally

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Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed, but don't rely on others to solve all your problems. Sometimes, you'll only have yourself to rely on. It's essential to learn how to be independent and self-sufficient.

5. Your Job Isn't Everything

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Your job isn't everything, but when you're starting off in the world of work, it will feel like it is. But the truth is, your job sees you as replaceable. So, look out for yourself and your family first. Remember, your mental health and well-being are more important than any paycheck.

6. Don't Listen to Everyone's Criticism

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Not everyone's opinion matters. You'll never be able to avoid unsolicited criticism and advice, but don't listen to criticism from people you wouldn't ask for advice. Learn to listen to constructive feedback from people who genuinely want to help you improve and let go of the negativity.

7. People Lie, Even Adults

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People lie. Just because someone is an adult doesn't mean they always tell the truth. Keep this in mind as you navigate through life as a young adult. Learn to discern when people aren't being truthful to you.

8. Age Isn't The Same as Maturity

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Just because you have reached a certain age, it doesn't mean that you are mature enough to handle adult situations. Maturity comes with experience, and that takes time. Give yourself the grace to continue growing up.

9. Work Hard for What You Want

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Success comes to those who put in the hard work and effort. There is no easy way to get what you want. So, whatever you want or would like to achieve, you must work hard to get it. 

10. Hard Work Doesn't Always Mean Success

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You can work hard and do everything right, but it doesn't guarantee success. In the same way, you can be the kindest, best person for others, and they can still betray you. This doesn't mean you shouldn't be kind or work hard; don't let this discourage you; keep working toward your goals.

11. Confidence is Literally the Key

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The saying that says ‘confidence is half the battle' is definitely true. Confidence will open doors for you in ways you would never imagine. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Even if you don't have all the skills required for a particular task, confidence can take you a long way.

12. Friendships Change, And That's Okay

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You might not want to hear this, but there is a huge possibility that the people you call your closest friends now won't be in your life in the future. Friendships change in adulthood, and that's okay. Never feel bad for letting go of friendships that are no longer serving you.

13. You're Never too Young to Learn How to Manage Money

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Managing money is an important life skill you should learn as early as possible. Too many young people get into debt because they don't know how to manage their money. Remember, rent and bills come first, then everything else.

14. It's Okay to Make Mistakes

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Don't beat yourself up over mistakes you made in the past. It's okay to make mistakes; they're all a part of life and growing up. The important thing is that you use your mistakes as an opportunity to learn where you went wrong to avoid making the same mistakes again.

15. Don't Be in a Rush to Grow Up

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So many teens are excited about turning eighteen and officially becoming an adult. But take your time growing up. Being an adult isn't as fun as you might believe; adulthood comes with challenges and responsibilities. Enjoy your youth for as long as you can.


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