A Mag’s Do’s and Don’ts: Adulting

Somehow over the years, we’ve moved on from the Bonne Bell lip glosses and now shop for good deals on vitamins and we’re not that thrilled about it. We used to be able to scoop marshmallows around in peanut butter jars and stuff them in our mouths after chugging Faygo.

We didn’t know it then, but we were probably closer to Nirvana at that stage than we’ll ever be. Something’s happened to (some) of us, and it’s called being an adult. We know you’re not very good at it, so we made a list for you on how to attempt the inevitable.

DO: Start cleaning your closet out. If you haven’t worn it in the last six months, pitch it. We’re taking major hints from the New York Times bestseller book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever” by Marie Kondo,” and we’re touching all of the things in our apartments to see if it sparks some joy in us (side note: start reading again). Do this with your clothes, your accessories, your makeup, the books you aren’t reading and the movies you’re not watching because Netflix single-handedly ended their lives. Donate it to someone in need.

DON’T: Subscribe. It seems tempting to block out the bad news we’re bombarded with, but if there’s one thing we hate, it’s being uninformed. Being an adult is all about forming your own opinions (and hopefully keeping them off Facebook). We encourage you to start receiving notifications on your phone from your chosen news outlets, or even following them on Twitter. Responsibilities suck, but winning in an argument you know your way around is so sweet.

DO: Give a crap about the food you’re ingesting. Meal plan, recipe hoard, Pinterest board your meals — whatever. Just start doing it because cooking is fun and basically just reading and following directions. The health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are worth the trip to the grocery store. Purchase produce that will stay fresh the longest, like apples, squash, carrots, celery and pomegranates. Also, we’d never throw shade on frozen fruits and vegetables. They’re picked at the height of the product’s freshness, so sometimes it makes more sense to buy frozen instead of fresh.

DON’T: Be bothered. If there’s one thing we can’t wait to embrace as we age, it’s the subtle art of not giving a damn. Take a glance at the stage of life you’re in: as much as your “sisters” say they love you and dream about being your bridesmaid, don’t forget the likelihood of you staying friends in the years to come is slim. We admire those able to disregard their popularity or their image because they just don’t have time to think about others not caring about them. There’s beauty in being an adult who loves themselves unconditionally.

DO: Taxes, stocks, 401(k)s… Yes, we admit, it sounds downright terrifying, but we’re here to explain. Have you embraced the adult world with open arms and an empty wallet? You’re going to want to start looking into doing your taxes, investing in stocks likely to expand a return and learning what the heck a 401(k) is. As a full-time college student, this won’t apply to you unless you’re making good money already. However, when the time comes, you don’t want to be scrambling around on Google and calling your family for the step-by-step guide. Chill; you’re an adult, do your research and get back to us when you’ve got the Cliff Notes on 401(k)s.