Adulting: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid To Ask

What Does Adulting Really Mean? Most people on social media accept the term adulting as an actual word. Technically, the word is a new gerund that comes from using the word adult as a verb. For those who aren’t linguists, a gerund is when a verb ends in the suffix “ing,” which acts as a noun (clear as mud? let’s continue).

“Adulting is an informal term to describe behavior that is seen as responsible and grown-up. This behavior often involves meeting the mundane demands of independent and professional living, such as paying bills and running errands.”

Here’s the kicker. When you finish your adulting task, you feel better. There’s just something great about seeing a sink full of dirty dishes, scoffing at it, eventually motivating yourself, washing those filthy things, and finally, after all that, getting a sense of relief. You ticked off another item on your list of to-dos for the day.

Urban Dictionary is known for its hijinks and sarcastic nature. However, the accuracy with which it relays information is impressive. Adulting, in this sense, is more sarcastic, bringing out the fact that adulting is a term used exclusively with those who typically don’t adult very often (definitely not any of us).

What Does Adulting Mean in Texting?

Adulting in texting is pretty much the same thing, with a slight nuance to it. If someone were to text me, “Hey, what’s up?” while I was adulting, I would text back, “Oh nothing, just adulting as usual.”

Although adulting is something we need to do, we’re willing to use it in a text message to indicate a displeasing emotion; something millennials are amazingly good at (I should know because I am one!).

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. Admiral Mcraven

There are lots of definitions of Adulting in today’s world. Some people claim the term originated from this and that, but the reality is we don’t know. We went over what adulting means, what it means in texting, where it came from, and some core adulting skills.

Without adults adulting, we wouldn’t have the technology we use, the medicines that treat and cure the illnesses we have, the companies that provide goods and services we use every day, and those who fight to defend our country day in and day out.

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