At times being an adult isn’t that much fun. But we’ve put together a few tips to make life a little easier for people with responsibilities.
“Grown-up” rhymes with groan, “mature” makes you think of cheese (the stinky kind) and “adult” is confirmation that your chance of getting a reduced fare anywhere is zero. But age’s silver lining (not that stray grey hair) is that you are now wise, organised, and such a model citizen of humanity that alien life-forms would see you – and then have second thoughts about colonising Earth.
But don’t despair – being a great grown-up can be faked. Nail these key points and you’ve got ‘I’m winning at life’ covered.
1. Stop playing washing machine roulette.
There isn’t a magic button on the washing machine that only becomes visible on your 30th birthday and means that no clothes will ever shrink in there again. No, that button is visible the whole time – and it’s called the off switch. Grown-ups know that no good ever comes from gambling on whether your dry-clean-only shirt will make it out in one piece… or the size of a toddler’s one-piece. The label always wins.
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2. Leave for the airport in good time.
It’s probably because your dad always insisted you got there three hours early that you now average three minutes. But scraping through security in less time than it takes to boil an egg is not the making of a happy trip.
If you find yourself mentally rehearsing the speech you’d give to cabin crew to beg them to still let you board (bonus points for any lies involving public transport exploding), leave earlier next time. You know your dad’s right.
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3. Learn to pack.
Packing is hard. We’d actually like to see degrees in it. But one simple grown-up rule makes it so much easier: don’t pack weird stuff.
There’s something about going away that makes you reluctant to pack the clothes you love and wear daily. No, you think now is the perfect time to dig out that floral kaftan you haven’t ever worn, or the sequinned top you last tried on three years ago. Because somehow in a different location you’ll wear them constantly. Only, you won’t. You’ll drag them all the way there, all the way back, all unworn – but they now smell like suitcase so you’ll have to wash them anyway.