A lot is said online about “adulting”, and most of it is unpleasant. If you were to believe the online memes, being an adult is a non-stop unpleasant slog that means you spend your life flitting from one responsibility to the next, but you can’t remember the last time you had any fun.
This isn’t quite true (thankfully!). While adulting can be difficult and irritating at times, it has its upsides; for one thing, adulthood is the time in your life when you’re fully self-determined and able to make your own decisions. Sure, the things you learn as an adult aren’t exactly the most exciting pieces of information, but they do give you the freedom to ensure your life runs as comfortably as possible.
With that in mind, let’s look at three essential aspects of three essential life areas that all adult women should understand to be important…
HEALTH: Attending your cervical smear
Let’s be honest, cervical smears aren’t exactly the most exciting of experiences. No one looks at their calendar and exclaims: “ooh good, my smear test is today!”
However, smear tests are essential, and any adult should appreciate their necessity. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case: attendance rates for smear tests are worryingly low, so there’s clearly a need for a gentle reminder as to this adulting necessity.
FINANCE: Never accepting an insurance renewal quote
Insurance renewal is something many people take for granted. It’s easier to just agree to whatever price your current provider has suggested, because the hassle of looking for alternatives isn’t something you particularly have the time for.
However, a key component of adulting is managing your personal finances. If you just accept your renewal price, you’re almost certainly overpaying. It’s important to do your recent, obtaining quotes from the likes of One Sure Insurance and considering your policy requirements on an annual basis. Sure, going through this process isn’t going to be the most exciting few hours of your life, but it could save you a substantial amount of money, so it’s worth doing!
SELF: Knowing when to ask for help
This final point applies to a variety of different “adulting” situations, from basic DIY to the management of your own health. Many adults fall into the trap of thinking that they should have all the answers, and that asking for assistance is a sign of weakness.
It’s important to acknowledge that, sometimes, you’re going to need help with something. This isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that you know your limitations, which is a self-awareness that all adults require to make it through life successfully. By knowing when you have reached the limit of your understanding, you can step back and actually obtain the assistance you need, allowing you to move in the right direction. Asking for help is a smart decision, so don’t be shy about speaking up if you’re struggling with something.
If you already know the importance of all of the above and action this knowledge, then you receive an effortless A+ at adulting. If there’s room for improvement, then it might be worth sharpening up your lifestyle management skills— your life will be simpler and easier to manage as a result.