I saw something going around Twitter lately saying something like, “Being a teenager is supposed to be the best time of your life, but I can’t even get out of bed.” Who is still feeding teens this crock of sh*t that being a teenager is the best time in their lives? Being an adult is way better! I don’t mean that as an insult to teens in any way, but life only gets better as an adult. The pressure to have the best years of your life when you’re still in high school is insane. Here are seven reasons being an adult is better than being a teenager.
1) Getting to choose how you spend your time
This is the #1 best thing about being an adult. Your life is your OWN. You choose what you want to eat, when you want to sleep, where you want to live, what career path you should take. There are nice things about being a kid and a teenager — summers off, not having to pay bills, more time to play with toys — but they’re all outweighed by the sheer joy of making your own goddamn choices as an adult. Being your own person and living your own life is the greatest thing ever.
2) Not having to ask your parents for everything
I never have to ask my parents’ permission for anything. I love my parents, but their opinions on what I do with my life are completely unimportant. Sometimes when I hang out with younger friends I realize I’ve forgotten just how important your parents are when you’re a teenager. I hate hanging out with someone younger and they have to ask their parent if they can go on a trip or stay out late. My parents get no say over how I live my life. Trust me, you’re going to love it.
3) You don’t care what other people think as much
The best thing about getting older is the older you get, the less you care what other people think. I definitely used to compare myself to other people and to worry about whether or not people liked me. Maybe it’s because as the years go on, you get enough criticism that it just doesn’t matter to you. I hear that this keeps getting better and better, too. Everyone I know in their 30s says that being in your 30s is way better than being in your 20s. Every year and decade that passes, you get more secure in yourself. My grandpa is 75 and says his favorite time in his life so far is now. And he just got tagged in a photo on Facebook grabbing his girlfriend’s boob so he definitely doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
4) Everyone grows up a bit and stops being so sh*tty
It’s no secret, teens can be terrible. We’ve all seen Mean Girls. People tend to grow up a bit as they get older and everyone just chills out. It’s nice.
5) You figure out who you are
It takes a while to figure out who you are. Everyone is affected by the family and the culture they grow up in, and as an adult you can break free from that. As I’ve grown up, I’ve gotten good at figuring out what makes me happy and prioritizing those things. I used to struggle a lot with depression, but in the last few years, I’ve learned about how I need to live in order to keep myself happy. Every year that passes you have more experience being yourself. I’m an expert at this point.
6) You get to pick your family
If you like the family you were born into, awesome. You get to keep them! But many people were born into families that are unloving and cruel. As an adult, you don’t owe those people anything and you don’t need them. You get to fill your life with people who treat you well and people you care about. You can fill your life only with people who you met on a My Little Pony fan site if you want.
7) You don’t have to go to school, duh
School kinda sucks and I’m glad I don’t have to go anymore. Work sucks too but at least you have some choice over what you do. I never have to do geometry ever again! Being an adult is awesome.
If you think life starts going downhill the second you graduate college, you’re doing it all wrong. Life should get better and better every year and you get more solid in yourself. Your teen years are absolutely NOT the best years of your life, so don’t stress on that for a minute.