Look, we all know that growing up is a massive trap, but nowhere is it as obvious when you find yourself getting older and starting to hate the things you loved as a child.
1. "Someone opening an Instagram or TikTok video on loud volume out of nowhere. Whether it's on the train or on the sofa, it makes me scream inside."
2. "Making appointments for my dog, myself, my kids, etc. You have to start a new patient portal, then verify your email. Then, you have to try to make an appointment through their portal, but the portal is down for maintenance. So you call, and you're sent to electronic voicemail, which recommends an online portal. Rinse and repeat. Eventually, you find the right formula to speak to a human, and they're not accepting new patients or there are no openings for 10 weeks."
3. "Social media. I hate what it does to people, and I hate the things it makes people do so much. It used to be useful once upon a time, but now, social media is just a cesspool of the worst kinds of people."
"Getting older to reach adulthood was fun. Getting older to reach being a senior citizen is less fun."
5. "Sweetness. The older I get, the less I can tolerate sweet stuff. I used to need a lot of sugar in my coffee; now, a dash of sugar is enough, and if need be, no sugar is fine, too."
6. "Nobody seems to remember when using speaker phone to talk was considered rude/low class. Also, fuck video calls in general. If it's not urgent, just text, voice record, or voice call in that order. Text preferably, and don't expect me to listen to voice recordings until I am somewhere private (since they play through the speaker by default). Randomly demanding both my ears and eyeballs for simple communication when I am busy is gonna be an instant call reject + text message saying I can't talk. Yes, I grew up with IRC. Video calls are great for catching up with family/friends, but not fucking necessary to tell me you are going to buy groceries."
7. "Home. I moved far away and made my own life. In the beginning, I was desperately attached to my home and missed it to the core of my being. Now, I realize that I left problems behind that I'll never have to face again. Every visit makes me more confident in my decision. I wish the best for my friends and family, but I'm glad I got the fuck out."
8. "Crowded areas. I went to the grocery store yesterday, and I felt uncomfortable with that many people around."
9. "Getting wasted and partying. I am in my early 30s, and I think I'm okay to not party anymore for the rest of my life. It's just that weekends are damn precious now that I'm working full time. When I get wasted and party, I just waste a whole Sunday recovering from that. Yeah, so I'm good."
10. "Summer. I realized I only loved it because of summer break and my birthday. Now that I work nine to five, summer absolutely sucks! It’s warm as hell outside, and every birthday after 21 has been one year closer to old age."
11. "Since I haven’t seen it yet: soda and other soft or carbonated drinks. They’re so sugary and awful; it’s like I can imagine my teeth dissolving and my insides corroding just from drinking a bit of it. I don’t hate it with a passion, and on a social occasion, I might even drink some, but I always feel bad afterward and sometimes even sick. Water is love; water is life."
12. "Loud restaurants."
"I don't understand why places have the music cranked so loud that you can't even hear yourself talk. Seriously, who's enjoying that?!"