NYC psychologist Daniel Levinson suggested that the first phase of early adulthood comes to a close around twenty-eight. He states that, “At about 28 the provisional character of the twenties is ending and life is becoming more serious.” At the ripe age of 27, I firmly believe that I am still in my mid twenties. My rule stands: you don’t get late until 28. And next year’s rule: I’m fine until 29. Both are cute and charming and make me feel young. Regardless, I am no way near my ‘serious’ years. I am and have been a young adult for several years, but I don’t feel very adult-y. I have reasons to think that maybe I am just an old kid.

  • I have a 401K but am not really sure how it works
  • I have a personal assistant and her name is “Mom, help.”
  • I take gummy vitamins
  • I eat  more than the gummy vitamin dose because they’re so delicious
  • I call my mom before I call the doctor
  • I have never done my own taxes
  • I don’t intend on doing my taxes myself  any time soon
  • I know I have student loans but I don’t know where they are hiding
  • I have a credit card at every store I’ve every shopped at
  • I regularly pay a fee for not having enough money in my savings
  • I wait to get new underwear until Christmas
  • I shop at H&M and Forever 21 for corporate attire
  • I’m on a family phone plan with my parents
  • I can’t (won’t) check my oil
  • I don’t buy groceries
  • I lock myself out regularly
  • I get 90% of my news from Facebook
  • LinkedIn is just a less fun Facebook
  • I refuse to call myself a young professional
  • I still have no preference on liquor
  • I call my mom for advice on everything (checking if food has gone bad, how to boil an egg, or to see if I  just got poisoned)
  • I can’t do laundry without shrinking or tinting
  • My socks are usually mismatched
  • I buy clothes that don’t wrinkle to avoid ironing
  • My wrinkles are from whining not aging
  • I have to be reminded to shower
  • If I’m at the grocery store too long I have a temper tantrum

These things slightly worry me, because maybe I am a full-blown adult. Am I just a very dysfunctional adult? Or maybe, I am just a recovering high maintenance daughter? Are there meetings for that?

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