Teenagers have this unbelievably clouded and minuscule perspective of the world. They’re concerned about 2 things; what they want and how they’re going to get it. Now, this isn’t to say that all teens are self-centered assholes, but let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. Personally, I would love a chance to smack my younger self a few times and let her know that it’s not all about me.
We’re willing to bet you’d have a nice long conversation with your teenage self too. If you could, what would you say? This is a question I ask myself more often than not. So, when Reddit asked its “adult” users what harsh realities await teenagers in the real world, we had to peruse and the responses did not disappoint. You don’t have to be an adult to appreciate these words of wisdom.
1. JordanSM, we couldn’t agree more.
Once you get a full time job the years go fast but the days go so slow.
2. FalstaffsMind is slightly depressing, but very accurate.
The odds of you becoming famous, rich or wildly successful in your chosen field are actually vanishingly small. And quite a bit of that depends upon luck. 99 percent of all teenagers become the same boring ordinary adults they laugh at. And as you age, you will start to redefine success in terms that are more obtainable.
3. Teezehh, true.
The only person to actually have your back 100% of the time is yourself.
4. Um yes, BillionBalconies. The struggle is real.
Having to support yourself financially.
5. Iheartmastod0ns has probably punched himself a few dozen times.
Everything you thought you were doing to “be cool” will make you want to punch yourself in 10 years.
6. CasualPie imparts some serious words of wisdom.
You know that feeling you get after a long day at school? Maybe you think you failed that test. Maybe your crush started dating someone else. Maybe you got your ass beat by the town bully.
Yeah, that one. The one where you just want to curl up in a blanket on the couch and binge watch something, possibly crying softly. If you’re not proactive about your life choices and mindset, that will be every day of your life if you let it.
You are the one in control of your life now. The responsibility comes suddenly and harshly, and some fail to pick up on it. But if you take those reins, take that responsibility and OWN IT, life can be awesome too.
Take control of your life. Don’t let anyone else do it for you or you’ll regret it.
7. Wouldn’t it be great if there was though, peanutbuttersucks?
There’s no instruction manual on being an adult. You don’t just flip a switch and know how to adult at any point.
8. forumdestroyer156 knows how hard it is to make friends as an adult.
It gets lonely after college. All you know up until that point is having close friends in a very short distance, but after you get spit into the “real world” people go their separate ways, and it gets a lot harder to find friends/SO’s.
9. whatisuniqueusrnme, that’s the circle of life.
Teenagers think they know everything. Adults think they know everything. Elderly actually know something if they can remember it.
10. Well, shagster98 has a point there.
People don’t care about how generous your are or what problems you had to battle during your childhood and teens.
All they care about is what you have to offer to the world. They would either come to hate you or like you for it.
11. We know a few people who could use more rhoxmaster316 in their lives.
Life doesn’t just “happen” to you. It’s not delivered on a strict schedule like your class-periods in school. You have to go out and make it happen or you’ll spend your whole life waiting for it to start.
12. jelacey couldn’t be more right.
That life is meant to be serious and meant to be bizarre and meant to be happy, and crazy and it’s more about timing and luck and reaction then anything else. Unless you were born with a less nice face… then it’s different for you.
13. Honkey_Cat has discovered the truth about adulting.
You may never actually feel like an adult. Being an adult it mostly just faking it.
Also, mom (or dad) can’t continue to fix all your problems. Time to suck it up and figure shit out on your own.
14. Wimbly512, sad, but true.
That your friendships may have had higher value to you then they did to other person. Reverse is true too. You will realize that people you thought you couldn’t live without are not that important or are holding you back and need to fade from your life.
15. Unfortunately, liquidprostate is right.
You won’t have the same metabolism anymore.
16. youngnastyman39 wishes more kids would be nice to their parents.
When I moved out of my parents’ house, the realization that I’d been treating them like shit all my life when all they did was help and support me, hit me pretty hard. I’m only 21, but to all you youngsters out there, be nice to your parents. Otherwise one day you’ll regret it and feel like an asshole.
17. Amen, MrKrazybones Amen.
Life doesn’t owe you anything.