Adult: a person who is fully grown or developed, someone who has reached the age of maturity, probably has bills that they have to pay, and is responsible for cooking and cleaning for themselves. Man, adulting seems hard. Wait, this sounds like me. No, no, no, I can’t be a full-fledged adult yet, can I?
Here are 6 Home Alone moments that capture the kid inside as we struggle with being an adult.
1. When you have to cook an entire chicken for the first time.
Cooking poultry is hard. How long do you cook it for, what temperature do you keep the oven at, what seasoning do you use, will you die if it’s undercooked? The questions are seemingly endless and even though Google could probably provide you with all the answers, sometimes Mom is the only Google you need.
2. When you think you’re holding it all together and then everything falls at your feet.
We’ve all been there. You’re three espressos in to the marathon of two papers due tomorrow and a midterm in the afternoon. At the same time, you’re dealing with what is likely the end of your relationships, your roommates are fighting, and you’re finding it impossible to keep it together. You call you mom and as soon as she says “Hello?”, the floodgates open and you’re suddenly in the fetal position on your bed crying.
3. When you’re ordering a pizza after a long night out with your friends.
You just got back from the club, so obviously you need to order pizza. When the delivery person shows up, you ask why you only ordered one measly pizza and how quickly could they produce 3 more?
4. When you and your friends are having a tough time finding a decent human being to date.
Relationships are hard. FULL STOP. Sometimes, you’re falling head over heels over the new boo in your life and it’s only been two dates. Before you know it, you’re receiving the, “It’s not you, it’s me. I hope we can be friends text,” and you’re wondering if you have a mysterious third eye.
5. When you know you should be eating 5-10 servings of fruit and veggies and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day.
Being in college is hard. Not only do you have to manage a full course load, extracurriculars, and a job, you’re also expected to manage a rocking bod and a social life. Heck, it’s definitely a lot easier to run to the nearest store and pick up your trusty bag of Doritos than to cook up the newest uber healthy quinoa-kale-antioxidant-superfood-yumyum dish.
6. When you experience heartbreak.
It happens to the best of us. Out of the blue, the love of your life turns into the stranger across the street. Now that you’re older you know that you should keep it cool, but you still never EVER want to see them again.
Even though sometimes we feel that we have to kiss the kid inside goodbye, it’s important to remember that family will always be there, you’ll have friends you can turn to, and that sometimes it’s ok to feel like you’re the only one always asking for help. No matter how old we get, we should never be afraid to embrace our inner child and experience life with all the hiccups it has planned, so say hello to the child within!