Adulting is a relatively new word that I found in the “Urban Dictionary.” The definitions are hilarious:
(v) to carry out one or more of the duties and responsibilities expected of fully developed individuals (paying off credit card debt, settling beef without blasting social media, etc). Exclusively used by those who adult less than 50% of the time.
(v) to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
The Oxford Living Dictionaries has:
(mass noun) The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
First, I am not sure what a “mass noun” is. Is this the new English parts of speech–like the “new” math of years ago?
Second, are you kidding me? When I stopped laughing I found that people are really using this word to mean that if they take care of their responsibilities they are actually doing their “adulting”.
When I decided I was going to follow my dream of writing, I did not decide I would do this instead of “adulting”. I just thought I would continue being an adult and write and create this blog as a hobby–additional “adulting” I guess.
And then I found the t-shirts–now the madness is real:
- Coffee–because Adulting is Hard
- I’m Not Adulting Today
- Watch Out World–I’m Adulting Today
and my favorite:
- I Have Been Drunk for 5 Days Straight because Adulting.
If you feel the need, the desire or the insanity to take up this new verb let me give you some advice:
- Understand that if you are over 18 you are an adult–that is a noun, not a verb–you don’t have to do, you just have to be.
- Drink as much coffee as you need but take care of your responsibilities.
- If you are 18 or over being an adult is not a choice–you cannot chose to ‘not adulting” today–see #1
- If when acting like the adult you are dangerous to the outside world then you are doing it wrong.
- If you have been drunk for 5 days in a row, adulting is the least of your worries–you are an alcoholic–get help!
- You cannot go back in time–you can either go forward or die–I suggest moving forward.
Writing has certainly added a beautiful dimension to my life of rediscovering words and encountering the new words that have entered our language. As with everything else–all is in good fun, until someone gets hurt. While this word is cute and funny I hope young people don’t really believe this is a thing. I hope we are all following our dreams as adults instead of the dream being to ‘be adulting’!