The Six Tenants of Adulthood

How do you define adulthood?

It seems like there are key milestones that one must reach in order to achieve adulthood. Well my friends and I sat down and attempted to lay out the key things that we feel define what it means to be a successful adult. Once these things are figured out you should have life figured out, right? No, nothing is ever THAT simple. But the Six Tenants of Adulthood are a good place to start. I guess they can also be classified as “things girls want to achieve in their 20’s”. Keep it simple stupid.

1. College Diploma

Let’s be real, you can’t really get very far in a successful career without a college diploma. According to the Census Bureau, “As of last March, 30.4 percent of people over age 25 in the United States held at least a bachelor’s degree, and 10.9 percent held a graduate degree, up from 26.2 percent and 8.7 percent 10 years earlier.” It baffles me that only 30 percent of Americans have a college degree. College was a blast, why wouldn’t you want to go?

2. Career

This is one of the harder tenants because it really involves a certain level of self-awareness and discovery. But as long as you have an idea of where you want your career to take you, I feel you are going in the right direction. Most people in their early 20’s get a bit lost after they graduate college but they eventually find their way. So whether you want to be a professional surfer or a CEO, don’t ever give up.

3. Life Partner

I’ll keep this category general. Whether you are waiting to find the man of your dreams or you don’t ever want to get married, it seems as if everyone is looking for someone to share their life with. It makes sense, who wants to go through life alone?

4. Having another as your responsibility

Meaning a child or if you’re like me, a pet. I don’t want children and I stand by that so for me a dog is good enough. But I know plenty of people who want to produce their own little army of children. Either way, you need to be responsible for caring for another living thing.

5. Living on your own

This is a big one. A definite standout tenant of adulthood. Because if you’re like me, you moved back home after graduating college. And the point in time when you finally move out is a big step in your life. You incur bills and many other responsibilities that come with renting/owning a home.

6. Be financially independent

I got to admit this is another one of those standout tenants of adulthood. The moment when you start to pay all your own bills, get off your parent’s health insurance plan and they can no longer claim you as a dependent on their taxes, is a big moment. I am currently not quite there yet but it is one of my my resolutions for 2013.

I currently have 2 [maybe one and a half] of these checked off. I still have a long way to go!

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