Growing up, I was definitely one of those kids that always wanted to be older.  When I was 11, I wanted to be 13.  When I was 14, I wanted to be 16.  When I was 18, I wanted to be 21.  I was never satisfied!

If I could go back and talk to the 11, 14, and 18 year old Parita, I would tell her to enjoy the great things that come with being young and responsibility free.  For one, appreciate the fact that you don’t have to pay for the roof over your head.  Rent is not cheap.  Ask my bank account.  Also, don’t complain about having to drive a station wagon.  At least you don’t have to worry about car payments, insurance, and gas.  The money that goes into owning your own (nicer) car will blow your mind.  And don’t complain about what’s for dinner.  One day, you’re going to have to buy your own groceries and pay for your own meals at restaurants.  Basically, young naïve Parita, money doesn’t grow on trees!  And really, appreciate the fact that your parents take care of everything so that you can focus on being a kid.  Not everyone is so lucky.


I wish!!!

Now, you’re probably wondering what specifically prompted me to write this post.  Well, let me share… 

When my parents were here, we had my car’s Georgia title transferred over to a Florida title. It cost approximately $470!!!!  Holy moly!  And we have to do it all over again for Vishnu in about a month.  Oh and did I forget to mention that auto insurance for a married couple in their late twenties costs upwards of $3000 a year?  Well, it does.  I knew these things cost money, I just never knew how much.  And I know there’s nothing we can do about it, but it still makes my head spin sometimes. 

It’s times like these when I really wish I could go back and have a nice, long chat with my younger self.  Oh and tell myself to thank my parents profusely!

Now, don’t get me wrong, being an adult is pretty cool, especially because I get to enjoy it with my best friend (that would be Vishnu).  And when we get sick of it sometimes we revert back…it’s what we do best actually!

Circa 2006

Do you consider yourself an adult?  What sealed the deal for you?

By Parita

16 thoughts on “Being an Adult”
  1. If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have branches? Haha I kid I kid! Love this post because I can relate so much! All I wanted was to get older…I didn’t say anything about responsibility! That’s really annoying about the car payment- after a point, the payments/bills just never seem to stop! Sometimes I wonder how my brother (he’s 5 years older than me) & mom keep their cool.

  2. I realize I’m an adult and am mature for my age when it comes to being independent and responsible.

    However, I counteract this with my carefree personality. 🙂 Because I still think Disney Princess is awesome and balls jokes are hilarious…

  3. Every once in a great while, I stil think what if I can rewind the time back to when I was 14-15, but then next thought come and realize that what i have today would not be there and no way at any cost i want to rewind the time!!! You know what I mean 🙂 Just remember what great things you have today and are in store for the future and you’ll enjoy being an adult for most of the time (99%) … Love you my SUNSHINE!!!

  4. I was always waiting to be older when I was younger too. My dad used to say I was “wishing my life away.” Now I know what he meant!

    The Toys ‘R Us jingle is now in my head. I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R Us kid…

  5. omg why is your insurance so high??? we just consolidated plans last month because my bf was paying waaay too much every month and now its just under $1000 a year, for both of us!! with geico and we are in our late 20s/early30s. make sure you shop around and see what kind of insurance you are signing up for! i recently read an awesome Suzy Orman book and she breaks down what is critical on your car insurance, what is unnecessary to have a low premium for, and what is a scam. saved us a ton, highly recommend.
    But you are so right, why do we rush to grow up. i have a much younger sister that does that, is always rounding up 2 years. she doesn’t know how good she has it, no matter how much i try to tell her!

    1. We’re still researching, but the average is around $3000. Ive asked why it’s so high and a lot of it has to do with living in Florida. Thanks for the geico tip! Just put them on my list!

  6. Gosh, I wish I could tell my younger self those same things. I also wish I could tell my college self to drag school out just a little longer. Every time my sister talks about dropping out, I freak out on her! Sigh, I miss the old days!

  7. Aww it’s so cute that your Mama wrote a comment 🙂 I would have to say i’m a fake “adult”, still trying to get my ducks in a row…..sighhhhh!! I always get made fun of for being the responsible one…I think that counts LOL

    Have a good long weekend! XX

  8. I’m 36 and I still don’t feel like an adult. Although, when I get our $5k a year insurance blil (thanks to my husband’s driving record) I definitely feel a bit more adult-like!

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