Path to Adulthood
January 19, 2012 7:26 PM Subscribe
What are important things that every adult should have? What are important things that adults should be able to do? In other words: what should I do, what do I need to have, and what life skills should I learn in order to become more of an adult?
posted by livinglearning to Human Relations (55 answers total) 115 users marked this as a favorite
I moved out of my parent's place for university at the age of 17 and knew that I would not be returning once I moved out, so I brought all of my personal belongings and important pieces of identification with me.
I am now 21 years old and completely provide for myself when it comes to all of my expenses including rent, tuition, various bills, and anything else that I want or need. But, I realize that there are a lot of things that most adults have that I personally don't have/thought of getting such as tenant's insurance. But, I do have other things like a health card, SIN card (social identification card), driver's license, and birth certificate.
There are also other adult-like things that many adults do that I may not have started yet. For instance, one of my coworkers talked about how she plans her meals in advance in order to cut costs. I do not do this, but I do keep a budget (very simple and amateur style budget) in order to figure out what payments I need to make and what leftover money I can spend.
I never really had anyone teach me these things in my teens, so I'm kind of trying to navigate certain things on my own. It would be great if you can help me figure out the following things:
-What are important things that every adult should have?
-What are important things that adults should be able to do?
-In other words: what should I do, what do I need to have, and what life skills should I learn in order to become more of an adult?