16 Things Everyone Hates About Being an Adult 

Many adults joke about how much adulthood sucks, but there are some things about being an adult that are actually the worst. The following are sixteen things that everyone hates about being an adult.

1. You Have to Be an Expert at Something 

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There’s an expectation that once you become an adult, you know what direction you’re headed and what you want to pursue. Everyone is expected to have at least one thing they’re an expert at, whether a career or a hobby. But for the adults still trying to find themselves, they’re seen as immature, confused, or lazy.

2. Fixing the Same Household Issue More Than Once

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That leaky faucet you fixed three times already? That garbage disposal that’s always clogged? The floorboards that are constantly loose no matter how many times you’ve fixed them? Gone are the days when household repairs weren’t your concern. Being an adult means making repairs around the home and then doing it again.

3. Making Decisions on Your Own

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Children don’t have the stress or the burden of having to decide everything for themselves. They have parents and guardians who make the tough decisions for them or guide them in the direction they should go. Most people don’t appreciate this while they’re young, but once you become an adult, you realize how difficult it is to be the one constantly making all the decisions. 

4. There’s Always Something to Pay For

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When you’re a kid, you think about how fun it would be to be a grown-up and have your own money. Now that you’re an adult, you realize that having money doesn’t mean you can buy whatever you want. There’s always a bill that needs to be paid.

5. Waking Up at Night to Use The Bathroom

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For many adults, reduced bladder capacity is a real issue. The older you get, the more likely you’ll need to get out of bed several times to run to the bathroom. Whatever happened to sleeping through the night? 

6. The 9-5 Work Culture

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The belief that every respectable adult has a regular 9-5 still exists. Despite the world shifting into a new era when jobs like freelancing and content creation are much more common, many people still believe every adult should work 9-5. Those who step outside that societal norm are usually viewed as not having their lives together. 

7. Paying Taxes

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Paying taxes is often one of the most confusing things in the world. There’s no good reason why paying taxes should be as confusing as it is. Many adults, no matter how often they’ve done their taxes in the past, struggle every tax season to correctly file their taxes. 

8. Making Appointments 

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If you needed to make an appointment as a child, your parents would take care of the entire process for you. But as an adult, you’re on your own. You need to make the call to book your appointment, schedule a time that works for you, make sure you get there on time, and then make up for the hours of work you missed. Making appointments as an adult is tedious, to say the least.

9. Realizing Your Parents Won’t Live Forever

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It’s almost scary how, at some point during adulthood, the realization hits you that your parents won’t be around forever. Children often view their parents as invincible. But as an adult, you recognize they’re just as human as you are. Your parents have aged, have new health problems, retired, and they’ll eventually say goodbye.

10. The Pressure to Get Married or Have Children

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The pressure to settle down and have kids can be really overwhelming. Whether it’s friends, family members, colleagues, or a random neighbor who’s constantly minding your business, if you’re single as an adult, there’s someone in your life asking why you haven’t settled down yet.

11. Household Chores

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All kids have chores, but generally, the majority of the household cleaning is the responsibility of the parents. As an adult, there’s no one else to take responsibility for your mess. Keeping your home clean and uncluttered is completely your responsibility, and for a lot of people, that can be really difficult.

12. Meal Planning 

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You have to figure out what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Not only is it exhausting to come up with fresh ideas for meals regularly, but you also need to ensure you’re eating a well-balanced diet. 

13. The Lack of Time Off 

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It’s crazy how adults work for an entire year only to receive a few weeks off for vacation. Regardless of your industry or how many benefits your job offers, time off from work is never enough. As soon as you feel like you can relax, it’s time to head back to work. 

14. You Become Jaded 

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What happened to all your bright-eyed childhood optimism? Once you become an adult, you recognize that the world isn’t as black and white as you once thought. Many people were raised to believe there was a formula to succeed in life, but adulthood will quickly humble you when things take a random turn. 

15. Not Enough Time for Hobbies

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While most children are involved in several extracurricular activities, most adults would be thrilled to have time for one hobby. If you have several interests, unfortunately, you likely won’t have the time to invest in all the different things you want to. 

16. Adulthood is Lonely 

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More than 58% of adults are lonely, even in a relationship. The pressures of traveling, building a career, starting a family, buying a house, and forming meaningful connections lead many adults to feel anxious and lonely. Plus, adult friendships are much more challenging to maintain. Gone are the days when your friends were right there waiting for you at school every day, and now you have to schedule meet-ups with friends. 


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She started her blog, The Money Dreamer, when she realized the 9-5 job was not the lifestyle she wanted anymore. After designing for a while, she wanted a more meaningful life, which was freedom, so she decided to venture out. She took action so that she can live her dream life and decided to help people to live theirs by helping them how to save, budget, and invest.

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