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29 Adult Habits To Try So You At Least Look Like You Know What You're Doing

This is definitely a self-drag.

1. Cut your hair if you haven't already.

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Long hair is such a VIBE, but if you're ready to go from angel baby to boss binch — chop it off.

2. Switch up long acrylics for short gel nails.

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Although long-ass, bad-bitch nails make you feel FANCY, in order to seem like a mature, functioning human being, embrace the natural nail. It will also be easier to wipe your bum after a poo!

3. Start taking vitamins and make sure you tell everyone about it.

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Even if they don't actually do anything, one tends to sound very health-conscious when talking about how important it is to take one's daily iron supplements.

4. Make ~being environmentally conscious~ part of your personal brand.

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Not only will you ACTUALLY make a difference in saving the planet, you'll be encouraging others to do the same. Plus, you'll look like the responsible adult you're aspiring to be! We're talking monthly Instagram stories on how you're reducing your carbon footprint as a minimum here.

5. Swap those tiny sunnies for oversized ones.

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Both are major vibes, but oversized sunglasses definitely give the illusion of being rich, which seems more grown-up, I guess.

6. Start a skincare routine that is at LEAST three steps...

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Serums? A new concept, but necessary for adulting.

7. ...or if you're already on the skincare bandwagon, just start telling everyone about it.

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Step 1: Apply sleeping mask.

Step 2: Talk to your friends 24/7 about how necessary they are.

Step 3: Repeat.

8. Buy a vacuum cleaner.

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If you actually feel excited about getting a new vacuum, then this should alllll be an authentic, natural experience for you.

9. And buy a new fridge or iron or something.

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There's nothing more ~adult~ than investing in home appliances.

10. Listen to podcasts that help you better your mind, body and soul...


Podcasts are the modern-day self-help books!

11. ...and recommend said podcasts to your friends.

PERSON WHO WAS JUST LISTENING TO A PODCAST ABOUT THIS: I was just listening to a podcast about this

Did you even listen to a podcast if you didn't tell everyone about it?

12. Get some cute glasses, even if you don't need them.

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They'll make you look smarter, older and generally more put together.

13. Get a house plant to take care of, give it a name and refer to it as your "baby".

plant mom culture is watering your plants with the same cup you drink from

You're not an adult unless you have a plant baby.

14. Then just talk about plants at every opportunity.

generational decorating trends are wildly arbitrary like why would millennials be drawn to succulents which are basically just well-hydrated plants with good plant skin that manage to thrive in the face of unpredictable plant resources and all in tiny tiny pots it makes no sense

Even if people don't know what you're going on about, you'll sound smart.

15. And start going to those giant plant warehouse sales.

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Invite ALL your friends. Also, make sure you rock up at 8 a.m. to get the early-bird sales, because to reach PEAK adult you need those unique, expensive statement plants.

16. Constantly talk about how old you feel. It will remind everyone you're an ACTUAL adult.

I know I'm almost 30 because I prefer staying in Saturday nights and waking up hangover free so I can drink margaritas Sunday afternoon but then have an excuse to go home early cause it is a school night after all.


OmG iM aLmOsT 30!!!! *is 26*

17. Oh, you can also talk about taxes, or superannuation or something like that.


Better yet, recommend some good accountants to your friends! Then you'll REALLY seem like you've got your shit together.

18. Offer to pay for your parent's meal.

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At a really shitty restaurant so it's still not that expensive.

19. Wear blazers or suit pants occasionally.

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You'll LOOK like a boss and you'll FEEL like a boss.

20. Switch up giant earrings for small, dainty studs.

21. This goes for other jewellery, too. Dainty necklaces and small rings look very ~mature~.

22. Pick a perfume and stick to it. Make it your scent.

23. Oh, and try and make sure it's not a super-sweet perfume. Something dry and musky is the way to go for optimal adulting.

24. Start referring to mum and dad by their first names in public settings.

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Just imagine how impressed everyone will be.

25. Constantly bring up that one dish you've mastered for dinner. Bonus points if it's vegan.


Tell everyone you'll send them the recipe.

26. Actually, just have a go at being full-time vegan.


It's actually great for the environment, and we already know all functioning adults are very aware that the apocalypse is near.

27. Talk about how old and sore you feel.


Especially back pain. That's a very adult pain.

28. Strike up a conversation about the state of Australia's property market.


"Ah yes, the, uh, house prices are up. How terrible."

29. And finally, for the love of christ, stop drinking goon and start buying organic wine.


RIP Fruity Gordo. You'll be missed.


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