We are all living to die, the only thing that sets us apart is how we make our transition there.
However, while we are here, I think there are some basic skills required to navigate this sometimes very daunting existence.
There are so many things I wish I’d taken more seriously while growing up, things I wish I knew more about. Things I wish I’d incorporated into my life and healthy habits I wish I’d harbored.
Ah well, you live you learn and luckily for me, I’m still alive and humans possess this amazing quality of resilience!
So while I’m being all proactive and resilient and ‘educationing’ myself, I’m going to share with you some of the skills I think we should possess and things we should probably know by now and not only know but have a deeper understanding of, especially since us millennials seem to be warming up to the whole adulting idea.
Change A Tire
(Oh wait, were you expecting something more profound?). I was lucky to be taught very early on in my life how to change a tire. That tutorial however was the only time I’ve ever had to change one. Do I know how to change a tire? Yes! Can I change a tire? Give me a dark road and a white floating figure coming towards me and Ill change that tire!
Read A Map
Can you locate the US on a map? Can you read a map? I sure as hell can’t and apparently neither can South Carolina’s contestant in Miss Teen USA 2007. I’m ‘directionally’ challenged and pray to the navigational gods that I never get stranded anywhere with a map!
Seriously people, don’t leave home without it. This cures certain levels of ignorance and gives an amazing amount of patience in dealing with those people who refuse to walk with theirs where ever they go.
Remember when your parents would squeeze your mouth to muzzle you from spewing more bullshit and follow that with “think before you speak”? Please don’t tell me that only happened to me🙈. Think critically before you make any judgments albeit thinking these days seem to be a luxury people can’t afford.
Know your fundamental rights and freedoms
And while you’re at it your consumer rights, labour laws, hell read your whole damn constitution! So next time you’ll know the police can’t keep you for a month of questioning without charging you with something🙈.
So after you’ve reached a certain stage in life, you have to resign the fact that you aren’t going to be rich and you probably aren’t going to win the lottery either. You’ll be getting paid shit money that you’ll have to budget.
Unless you’ve been burying years and years of allowance and most of your shit salary or planning to work until you’re all shriveled up, you’ll need a pension plan. If I had that on my mind 10 years ago I probably wouldn’t become so anxious whenever I think about it now.
Seriously, social security is a thing. It might come off as another scheme to get your money, it really is a scheme to get your money but when I’m out from the job for 6 weeks with no pay, getting social security cheques doesn’t look so bad after all.
I always said I wanted to retire by the time I was 35. I have some time left but I haven’t
been slaving given my employer enough of my soul yet to benefit from their very ‘attractive’ pension plan.
Imagine working your entire life for a company and you are ready to retire and they didn’t offer a pension plan. Okay, that’s far-fetched but are you familiar with your company’s pension plan? If not, get on it.
There are so many more things that experience and other people’s experiences can and have taught us. What are some of the things you wish you knew more about when you were younger?
Let’s compare notes in the comments.
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