Adulting 101

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When I was little, all I wanted to be was big. I couldn’t wait to grow up and take on the world. I know I wasn’t the only one, as we played Mums and Dads, set up home in the cubby house, pretended to cook fancy dinners for our dolls and took much pleasure in pretending to do the washing and ironing.

If only I knew then what I know now. This adulting stuff isn’t all that glam!

I went to boarding school at the age of twelve. At the age of eighteen, I went off to a country university for three years to study before I landed a teaching job at a remote school for a year. Once that was done, I packed up a backpack and spent two years working and travelling around Europe. On my return, I moved to Sydney, got a flat and a job and began my adulting.

Although I always had the love and support of my family, I was a bit of a self-raising flower.

Fast forward to today and I am an almost a 100% fully functioning adult but is not prepared to deal with it with 100% proficiently. I think. Like, sometimes I look at my teenagers at the dinner table and think, “Who are you, and where did you come from?” Mr Woog and I sometimes play a game called “Whatever happened to us?”. I look back at photos of me, smiling without a care in the world with a face devoid of age, wrinkles, worries and fear. Happy days indeed.

I believe there should be a mandatory subject that you study in your last year of high school called Adulting 101. I suggest that the curriculum should include the following.

  • How to answer the phone properly, preferably not with the word “What do you want?”
  • How to merge politely in traffic
  • How to correctly sign off correspondence, preferably without the current millennial trend of ending it with “Best.” Not Best wishes, just “BEST”.
  • How to file a tax return
  • How to RSVP to an event in a thoughtful and timely manner
  • How to apply for a credit card
  • How to apply for a Medicare Card
  • How to find an excellent GP that “gets” you
  • How to navigate awkward family occasions
  • How to extrapolate yourself from unhealthy relationships
  • Why manners are important
  • How to read reports, receipts, bills, contracts and other important papers.
  • How to adapt to the fact that everything is constantly changing, like Health Insurance Reforms

Health Insurance Reforms are happening at the moment. Now is not the time to stick your head in the sand people! Get across your situation. The reforms are a Government incentive designed to make health insurance easier to understand. 

My own health insurance provider Bupa have got their ducks in a row when it comes to explaining these changes in a plain-speaking, no nonsense way. I adore plain speaking! As part of the changes, Bupa will be offering a discount of up to 10% off hospital cover to 18-29 year olds who are starting out on their own adulting journey.

Now, we are all friends here and I am not about to sell you anything because I am going to assume that you have completed Adulting 101, but I would urge you to CLICK HEREto make sure you know what the changes will be and how they might affect you and your family.

Because you are an adult, even if some days you don’t feel like one! 

When did you finally feel like a grown up?