5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Grew Up

Hindsight is 20/20 they say. Well isn’t that the darn truth. Do y’all ever have those days where you just sit and think “life was way easier when I was a kid?” Let me tell ya, I’m having one of those days as I write this. I had a great childhood. I had great friends, I had a good home, I was involved, and I didn’t have a darn worry in the world.

I remember when I was younger I couldn’t wait to grow up. It all just seemed so glamorous to me at the time. I always saw such strong, independent women grabbing their coffee and going off to work. I’m not sure why I was so in love with the idea of growing up and going to work, but it seemed like the perfect life; supporting myself, growing as a person, and contributing to society.

Well, I was in for a rude awakening. Haha. No joke. I wish I would have known what it was really like, and that everything I saw was just one side to someone’s life. So…here are five things I wish I had known before I grew up.

1. How Much I Would Miss Naptime

Y’all, some days I’ll just be sitting at my desk, thinking about ALLLL those naps I never wanted to take as a child. What on earth was wrong with me?! I must have been crazy or something. I never understood how important sleep was until I was an adult, unable to take a nap in the middle of my day. How awful is that?! So, I would like to go ahead and cash in on those naps I never actually took…who do I bring this issue up to? ADULTS NEED NAPS TOO!

2. Woke Is Not All That Wonderful

I couldn’t wait to work! No joke! I was inspired by people who went to work and took care of their families. Some people made it look so easy, y’all. I have no idea how, but they did. Now I’m grown up, go to work everyday, and by the time I get home I just want to go to bed. I’m tired, stressed, annoyed, and I instantly dread having to go back the next day. So not what I had in mind as a child.

3. Why Didn’t Anyone Explain Taxes To Us

Holy moly, y’all. So taxes are probably one of the worst things, like, ever! I can barely fill out my W2 correctly without asking questions, but taxes, that’s a whole different ballgame. For the last three years I have filed my taxes myself…well, with the help of TurboTax anyway. I was spending $200 plus to have H&R Block file my taxes when I finally decided this was something I needed to try to do myself. Oh em geeeeee. It was rough. No one explained this to me! Like, why on earth do I need to learn Geometry and not taxes?! At least I would use the knowledge on a yearly basis had we been taught! Anyway, TurboTax has been great!

4. Metabolism….Where Did That Go

Y’all, I seriously used to be able to eat a bag of Doritos with no regret. If I eat one chip today, I gain 80 pounds! That’s an exaggeration, but I know y’all know what I mean. Seriously, what is up with our metabolism. It’s just one more things that makes adulthood super real, and it’s horrible. Some days I just want to binge watch The Vampire Diaries and eat some food. It happens, don’t lie. I feel like I would have cherished my treats a little more back in the day had someone told me that I would hate myself every time I ate a pint of Mint Chocolate Cookie from my guys Ben and Jerry!

5. Heartbreak

This is a tough one. It’s not just heartbreak from lost relationships. It’s heartbreak from losing a family member or a friend. It could be heartbreak from not getting a job you really wanted or simply not doing our best on something. Heartbreak comes in so many forms that I don’t think someone could have warned me about it all if they tried. I feel like I have had more heartbreak in my life than one individual could possibly need. But then again, some of y’all probably feel the same way.

Parents want to keep their children young and innocent, and maybe that is why they don’t teach us some of these things when we are young. Some of these things we just need to experience for ourselves. It all helps us grow and become stronger. I understand that now. Don’t get my wrong, I still want to be a princess and I want my darn naps…

Until next time, y’all!

Sincerely, Toni

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