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Has adulthood lived up to your expectations or assumptions?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) November 21st, 2010

When I was younger, I just kind of assumed certain things about being an adult, or even being a teenager. Some things have been just about the same as I thought they would. Some things have been soo much better. I was really annoyed that other parts of my life aren’t anything like what I was expecting.
So, what have you experienced? Did you think it would be easy? Did you think it’d be terrible and then were you wrong? What were you expecting?

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

Not really. For one thing, I thought I’d be dead by now and I could give you a list of names of the people who are disappointed and maybe surprised that I’m not. So that’s an assumption that was nice not to come true.

On the other hand, I thought I’d know how to play Bridge, or a musical instrument.

And I never considered being orphaned at age 50.

Berserker's avatar

It certainly hasn’t, but I don’t blame that on the world itself, rather than I might on misinformation and my perception of things as a child.

Blondesjon's avatar


Seelix's avatar

Nope. I thought that by the time I was 30 I’d be married with a couple of kids and a career. Instead, I’m still in grad school. I wasn’t expecting adulthood to be as expensive as it is.

Coloma's avatar

Well, the whole problem of humanity is life not being what they expected! lol

I think my life has been pretty damn balanced.

Love, heartbreak, death, poor/comfortable, pure joy, pure devastation, peace, contentment, the basic hamster wheel of what life offers. haha

I never had huge ‘expectations’ and do not now, life happens, I go with the flow, and I am content! ;-)

cockswain's avatar

I’ve found most adults to not be a whole lot more mature than teenagers. I always thought adults were wiser as a child.

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t remember having a lot of expectations about being an adult. I thought I got to decide what time I go to bed. That was sort of true, but also not really true, because I have so many responsibilities I have to go to bed at certain times and, even worse, get up at certain times. Earlier than I ever had to get up in college, or even in the years afterwards.

I do get to decide what I eat, and if I want a midnight snack, I can have it. Mostly.

Something I never really thought about too much as a kid, was being a parent. I knew I wanted to be one, but I was scared of kids. When I finally had them, it was much better than I ever expected. I guess it was because they were my children that gave me confidence.

Supacase's avatar

Not even close. I derailed at age 18 and never got back on track.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t think I was expecting anything so it has all been fine.

cockswain's avatar

@marinelife That’s usually a great outlook to help avoid disappointment.

BarnacleBill's avatar

@CyanoticWasp, too funny! I thought I’d know how to play bridge, too.

I never thought I be working 60 hours a week at age 50+. I thought I would go to law school.

perspicacious's avatar

Yeah, I like being all grown up. My childhood was somewhat sucky.

lillycoyote's avatar


Some things have been just about the same as I thought they would. Some things have been soo much better. I was really annoyed that other parts of my life aren’t anything like what I was expecting.

That’s pretty much it. You already seem to know your way around the place very well. That’s what the next 40 or 50 years of your life are going to be like. Welcome to adulthood!

ucme's avatar

I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid :¬)

DerangedSpaceMonkey's avatar

Definitely not. When we’re young all we think about is being an adult so “we can do whatever we want.” But the beauty of childhood is not realizing that in addition to being able to “do whatever we want” we have to do a lot of what we don’t want to do.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Man, life is so much better than I ever imagined it to be.

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