Millennials are now out of high school and well into our journey of adulting. It’s safe to say that none of us were handed a “Life for Dummies” book when we were born. And if you did receive one, where the heck is mine? I know I could have used plenty of adulting tips.

As a young millennial, I have a laundry list of lessons I’ve learned that I wish could’ve been taught in some sort of high school senior course. But to avoid writing an epic, here are my top five adulting tips:


1. Stop looking for the adult in the room

It’s probably you. That’s right. We may all still feel like teenagers, but we’ve been out of high school for at least four years now. Our priorities and responsibilities have changed drastically since we stood on those bleachers and sang our high school alma mater. 

2. You can’t always win

It’s not possible to constantly be the best. It took me a while to learn this and sometimes, I still have to take a step back and think. Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will appreciate your work. Someone else has to take first place. Otherwise, winning gets boring. 


3. Lower your expectations

Loosen your grip. No one likes to be disappointed, but that’s a huge part of life. There are so many things that are out of our control, no matter how much we hate it. I don’t want this to be confused with “don’t care” or “don’t work hard.” No. Work your butt off and try to be your best each day. If that leads to a positive outcome, congratulations. Enjoy that pat on the back and get back out there. 


4. It’s really okay to talk on the phone

A lot of us need to hear it—me included. I hate talking on the phone. I would rather spend a whole hour texting back and forth than get on the phone for a minute. Who else can relate? The unfortunate thing is, now that we’re adults, we’re expected to actually call offices to make our own appointments.  
5. Don’t be afraid to laugh

5. Don’t be afraid to laugh

There is so much anger and upset in this world and not enough people let loose long enough to share a good laugh. Life? It’s hard. Does it come with disappointments? For sure. Are there weird, frustrating moments that just don’t make any sense? No doubt. But you have to laugh at some of these things, otherwise they’ll just drag you down. Can’t laugh at the situation? Pull up YouTube and watch something funny. Read a humor blog. Go online and find some solid memes. Talk to friends or a relative. Just don’t let life keep you down.

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We’re all going through life at our own paces and have different experiences. Maybe you have valuable knowledge that has helped you get through tough times. What are some lessons you wish you knew when you were entering adulthood?


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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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