Remember about a year and a half ago when I had the crippling fear of graduating from college and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life after then?
Well, fast forward to now, and I’m about 8% better than I was then.
And the one phrase that keeps ringing in my head is the one my mom used to always say: Don’t be so eager to grow up.
SHE’S SO RIGHT.
I mean, I had bills to pay in college like rent and utilities and all of that fun stuff. Surely I thought that after I graduated it wouldn’t be much of a difference when it came to bills, but I was so wrong. SO WRONG.
If I was on a game show right now, I would have been buzzed off a while ago.
How do I have more bills to pay now? What was I not paying for before? It’s insane!
I feel like I’m at the Krusty Krab and Mr. Krabs is charging for air all of a sudden.
And here’s the kicker. I just signed a lease a couple of days ago. Did you know that there are actually places that are unfurnished?
Apparently, living in a college town actually makes a difference. Because pretty much all of the places in Athens were furnished. I didn’t have to worry about buying a thing.
Now I have to worry about buying a bed! A whole bed! And if you’ve met me, you know how extremely cheap I am.
So if I can find an air mattress that’s comfortable, that’ll be what I sleep on.
And who needs a dresser? I can throw my clothes in a (very organized) pile on the floor. As long as I know where everything is, it’s not a big deal, is it?
If furniture isn’t bad enough, I also forgot that rent isn’t the only thing that you have to pay for in places.
Water…electric…cable…wifi. It never ends.
Maybe the Amish have some valid points in their lifestyle.
Good thing I stopped watching live tv years ago so cable has never really been an issue for me.
But there is only so much I can take. Yes I am going to go back and work for Disney for but there’s also this little thing called ‘taxes’ that are constantly being taken from my checks.
Who is FICA and what is he doing with all of my money?
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not completely oblivious to all of this stuff. But becoming an adult is so expensive.
Truth be told, I think I’m handling it fairly well. Even though I say it all of the time, I’m not completely broke (though if my mom asks, it’s a very different story) and I do have high hopes for the future.
I went to Orlando last week to get all of my job stuff, house stuff, and pretty much my new life down there, in order. This camp ends on August 11th, and I am due to Disney on the 18th. That’s a week turnaround yet I’m probably still going to wait until the very last second to pack anything because that’s just who I am as a person.
So this time next month, I’ll be hopefully not in debt but definitely one step closer to being an adult.
And maybe, just maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll even be sleeping on an actual bed.
I have to dream big.