The real world. We’ve all got to enter it at some point. It includes bill paying, work, finding a new identity that’s not student, and while all of that has its challenges, none of these are the worst part of being an adult.
Let me explain…
It’s about noon on Sunday and my best friends from college and I are sprawled across two beds in the hotel room we shared after LEM‘s bachelorette party wishing we could all go back to sleep for about 4 more hours. We were out til 4am, drinking and dancing up a storm. Our heads hurt and we’re so tired. But as I cuddle and chat with my best friends, all 6 of us together, this warm loving feeling spreads over me and I say “isn’t life just so good right now?” They all laugh because it’s ridiculous–we’re exhausted and the room is spinning a bit–but I know deep down they all agree.
It’s a Sunday breakfast that turns into three hours over coffee and crepes, a lunch date that leaves you bouncing into your office, a happy hour that turns into dinner and a bottle of wine and not getting home until 10:30 on a Monday.
It’s a text message telling you about a DC pizza place on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives or an email mid-day Wednesday asking how the week is going.
Yes, these are some of the best things in life.
But they point to the worst thing about being an adult: there’s never enough time for friends.
And maybe the flip side of that is realizing how valuable these people are. And finally learning to shift your priorities to make time for them. Because they are everything.
Talk to me: what do you think is the worst part of being an adult?