When you’re a kid, you spend a lot of time thinking about how cool it will be to be grown up. But once you do, you realize just how different it is, in both good and bad ways. A Reddit thread digs into this by asking, “Adults of Reddit, what is something every teenager should know about ‘the real world?’”
People are sharing some pretty insightful things, including:
- "Nobody really knows what they're doing."
- "Being popular in high school means absolutely NOTHING in the real world! So don't worry about it."
- "Friendships take maintenance."
- "During high school, learning how to learn is more important than anything you're actually learning."
- "Sometimes you'll only have yourself to rely on."
- "Your job sees you as replaceable. Look out for yourself and your family. Your job is not everything, but it will feel like it is. Don't be miserable at a job because it pays well."
- "Don't take criticism from people you wouldn't ask for advice."
- "Comparison is the thief of joy."
- "People lie. Just because they're an adult doesn't mean they always tell the truth."
- "You don't become an adult just because you stopped being a teenager."
- "You can work hard and do all the right things and it doesn't guarantee success. You can be the kindest, best person for others and they can still betray you, but that doesn't mean you should not be kind and work hard."
- "For better or for worse, confidence opens as many doors as competence."
- "There is a huge chance the people you call your closest friends now, won't be in your life in the upcoming years."
- "You are not entitled to anything. Nobody owes you anything! Work hard, save, make smart decisions, and surround yourself with like-minded people."
- "It's OK to make mistakes but learn from your mistakes and move on."
- "People matter more than things."
- "Don't be in a hurry to grow up. Being an adult sucks."