Illustrated Truths About Adulthood

Sometimes the absurdities and subtleties of this thing we call adulthood are best captured in the panels of a comic strip.

1. The future is here. You’re an “adult” now, apparently.

Art by Sarah See Andersen.

2. Even though you don’t really know what that means.

Art by Wendy Xu

3. It can be kind of a sweet deal.

Art by Adam Sandiford.

4. You get to spend your time however you want.

Art by Justin Boyd.

5. Seriously, you can just do whatever you want.

Art by Randall Munroe.

6. You have the freedom to redefine your world. Things like “breakfast” and “well-rounded” meal.

Art by J. L. Westover.

7. Oh sweet, sweet freedom.

Art by Arkolina.

8. You also develop a deeper emotional maturity.

Art by Tumblr user Star Fleet Rambo.

9. And you’ll get better at dealing with self doubt.

11. Let’s be honest, you also just get better at being lazy.

Art by Jim Benton.

12. It’s also a time of a lot of uncertainty. And it can be hard to pretend you’ve got it all together.

Art by Ryan Dow.

13. You will feel bursts of existential anxiety in between the most mundane of tasks.

Art by Box Brown.

14. But while your new adult perspective may be bittersweet…

Art by Caroline.

15. …don’t let that take away from the fact that the world is still full of beauty and magic.

Art by Hugh.

16. Oh and, FYI, this is only one stage of adulthood…

Art by Caldwell Tanner.

17. But, rest assured, no one else knows what they’re doing either.

Art by Monica Ekabutr.

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