I Understand Millennials’ Issues With Adulting

The business of life is my full-time job, and I can’t keep up with it

K M Brown

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Photo by Jamie O’Sullivan on Unsplash

The business of life is complicated and time-consuming. I’ve always got a to-do list going, and some of the items on it will take hours to complete. To be fair, I don’t always spend hours doing them; I prefer to goof off, but as a (mostly) retired person, I have the time to devote to my chores if I decide to spend it that way. If I were still working full time, or full time with a side gig, as I did throughout my 40s and 50s, meeting life’s demands would be a humongous struggle.

Who am I kidding? It’s a humongous struggle, anyway, and if I were still working, it might even be impossible. I might crawl under the covers or bury my face in my hands. I might even tweet, as so many Millennials do, “Ugh! I hate adulting!” Because being a grownup does suck; I will not lie.

Adults take care of home maintenance and repairs (subtitle: no wonder people rent, and more power to them)

The first time I saw a little pool of water on the kitchen floor, I assumed my husband had spilled something and hadn’t bothered to clean it up. He’s the family cook so he’s standing over and around the sink a lot, and he’s kind of a pig. He’s not the male chauvinist kind of pig, thank god. In that way, he’s awesome, but he’s a sloppy guy who doesn't even notice messes while he’s making them, so he was a likely suspect.

I mopped up the water and metaphorically checked that off my list. But nothing in a house is ever truly done, so the next day it wasn’t a shock to see another puddle on the floor in exactly the same place and to discover that a leaky dishwasher was to blame. My husband was innocent. I apologized for calling him a pig, cleaned up the mess, and scheduled an appliance repairman. Check.

A still-working Millennial would have had to arrange time off from work or ask a neighbor or friend to keep the appointment. But I’m lucky enough to be almost retired with not much to do besides checking things off my list, so washing dishes by hand for a couple of weeks while we waited for the repairman shouldn’t be much of a burden.

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K M Brown

Retired psychotherapist who loves a good story. Author of From Fear to There: Becoming a Confident Traveler https://tinyurl.com/26uhya