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24 Adult Realisations You've Gone Through If You're In Your 20s

Help me please, I want to be a little kid again.

1. You have to do the whole "we have food at home" talk with yourself.

i think 95% of my financial problems would be solved if i just ate the food i have at home

Even if the "food at home" consists of the saddest meal you have ever made, you MUST show restraint and stop yourself from buying that greasy box of popcorn chicken.

2. You swap out soft drink for water because suddenly you're ~health conscious~.


Experts in adulting will tell you that water, not alcohol or coffee, is the true grown-ups' drink. Bonus points if you add lemon, lime or cucumber to infuse that H20.

3. You are constantly tired, no matter how much sleep you get.

Adult life should come with some kind of warning that you’ll be constantly tired.

And you will complain about this to anyone who will listen. Basically, being tired becomes part of your personality.

4. You actually want to spend time with your parents.


While the freedom that comes with moving out and living your own life is amazing, chances are you'll start to miss your parents at some point. But since you're all adults now, you can hang out properly, which means lots and lots of wine and family gossip.

5. You have to plan catch ups with your friends months in advance.

Adult friendship = 2 people saying "I haven't seen you in forever! We should really hang out more" over and over again until one of you dies

Or alternatively, tag them in "I miss you" memes until one of you actually makes a solid plan to catch up.

6. You have to learn how to cook three healthy meals a day.

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Emphasis on the healthy here — no eating ramen 24/7.

7. You slowly start building up a tupperware collection.

You're not an adult until you have a cabinet full of Tupperware and every time you open it they all spill out and you can never find a matching lid for the one you want to use.

And you will become exactly like your parents and be mindful of who you lent your favourite glass container to.

8. You voluntarily go to sleep at a reasonable time.


Once you're an adult, you will very quickly learn to appreciate having eight hours of sleep each night. And if you skimp out on that beauty sleep one night, be prepared to feel incredibly grumpy the next morning.

9. You have to make your own appointments because no one else is there to do it for you.


Me, calling from my apartment: "Hey mum, can you make a doctor's appointment for me? Please, I'm scared to call them."

10. You make the effort to separate colours correctly when you do laundry.

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Your mum used to do this for you and now it's your turn. Unless you enjoy having your whites turn a brilliant shade of pink because you didn't do your laundry properly.

11. You substitute vodka cruisers for vodka sodas because it has less calories.

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Let's be honest with ourselves here — the only reason why cruisers tasted so damn good as a teenager was because they were full of sugar. And while vodka sodas don't go down half as easily, they'll last a heck longer and look more ~adult~.

12. You learn not to blow your entire pay check on impulsive purchases.


Because if you do, that means being forced to eat ramen and cereal for an ungodly length of time.

13. You suddenly only have two–three close friends.

It's a sad truth, but some friendships just don't last once you hit the adult stage. Everyone's busy, people's schedules clash and you end up drifting from one another. But on the flip side, you get closer to the friends you do end up keeping!

14. You can, and do, say no to social activities.

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Wanting to skip that club invite and stay at home reading on a Friday night? Totally cool. Not up to heading to that house party because you're just not feeling it? No problem.

15. You randomly make involuntary grunts when there's movement involved.


As the saying goes, you ain't no spring chicken anymore. You'll be feeling cricks in your neck more easily, as well as accidentally pulling a muscle doing something totally ordinary like reaching for a jar off the top shelf.

16. And you seem to always be on the brink of getting sick.


Are you getting sick or are you just waking up to the cold, hard embrace of adulthood? Probably the latter, tbh.

17. You make more of an attempt to be organised and timely.


No one, and I repeat NO ONE, appreciates a late, disorganised and messy adult. That was fine while you were growing up, but now it's time to get serious.

18. You want to sleep in on the weekends but your body naturally wakes you up early.

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Oh, and your definition of "sleeping in" will change from waking up at midday to around 8 a.m.

19. You find joy in simple activities, like furniture shopping and cleaning your room.

i'm way too excited for furniture shopping. have i peaked as an adult?

Trust me, there's no better feeling than putting clean sheets on your bed and thoroughly decluttering your room.

20. You start noticing how many of your friends are in relationships and are getting married.

the early 20s are so wild??? half of us are getting engaged/married, moving into their own apartments, and advancing in their careers; and the other half of us are still stuck in college tryna figure out how the world works help

And you'll have to go through the process of wondering what someone wears to an engagement party and how much you need to gift a couple at their wedding because no one taught you these things.

21. You start having to pay ~adult~ fares for things like public transport and movie tickets.


This sucks big time, but that's why adults are so obsessed with coupons and discounts. No one wants to pay full price when you can save $5 off your pizza.

22. You value comfort over fashion.

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That means choosing sneakers over heels at the club and getting away with wearing your fave pair of trackies to the shops because you couldn't be bothered to change.

23. You've accepted the fact that naps are a distant but fun memory.

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Sure, you can nap as an adult but nothing will ever beat the naps you took as a kid. They were stress-free because you had zero responsibilities and no inner demons to haunt you in your dreams.

24. And finally, you still have no idea what you're doing (even though people seem to think you do).

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But everyone is doing that anyway, so you'll be just fine.


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