Being an adult is hilarious and scary at the same time, and these memes depict all the struggles adults deal with on a daily basis
Adults get excited about simple things. Clean, crispy sheets, new clothes, vintage curtains, etc. Yes, some people won’t accept the fact that they are getting old, but they can’t avoid the process. Aging is one of the biggest challenge we get to face in our lives. It comes with a lot of advantages though. All you need is a cup of coffee and a clear mind to survive.
A Berkeley Based Psychologist, Diana Divecha, explained that scientifically, “developmental scientists consider adulthood to begin when the prefrontal cortex, the front-most region of the brain, finishes developing, at around 25 years of age.”
She added, “This area is most well-known for its ‘executive function,’ or being the ‘manager’ of oneself. It supports abilities like planning ahead, regulating emotions and impulsivity, complex thought and reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making, and managing one’s attentional focus”.
In this article, we are giving you 50 memes related to aging. Or “adulting”, if you like it better. You will have a good fun with these!
1. A dream come true.
2. It’s getting really hard.
3. We have seen this one before.
4. Save this photo!
5. Why would they do this?
6. So me!
7. Impressive, right?
8. We have all been there before.
9. It’s time to stop.
10. You better pay that bill.
11. Can you relate to this one?
12. What would you with all the emotional baggage?
13. That’s the truth.
14. More laundry?
15. Signs everywhere.
16. That’s crazy.
17. Got that one, huh?
18. Too late for me!
19. Avoid noisy gatherings.
20. Gear up!
21. I’m old.
22. Now I understand her.
24. Stop it now!
25. So frustrating.
Aging feels different once you hit 30. Well, science has an explanation for this. “What we’re really saying is that to have a definition of when you move from childhood to adulthood looks increasingly absurd,” claims Professor Peter Jones, from Cambridge University. “It’s a much more nuanced transition that takes place over three decades.” People under 18 are still learning.
In WEIRD societies (Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democratic), Dr. Divencha said, “The first phase begins with puberty, when the sex hormones begin their real job, to remodel the brain in order to prepare for adulthood. This is a time when respect from the peer group takes on new importance as nature prepares young people to eventually leave the nest and form new social groups.” Some people deal with problems, “But this can be a bumpy period at first, so it’s helpful for teens to stay open and optimistic, and to have a few different peer groups. It’s also easy to be impulsive in this phase, so cultivating discernment (wise decision-making and action), and taking a moment to think before acting can be helpful, and at times, even life-saving.”
26. Ibuprofen, huh?
27. I can relate…
28. No way…
29. Full of regrets.
30. It’s time to heal.
Identity exploration is also known as the second phase. It’s time to explore yourself.
“This is a period of great creativity, so to the extent possible, it’s helpful to try new things and explore possible interests,” Divecha explained. “Some will fit, others will not, but all will be helpful information about what matters to each individual. Learn how the world works: Get real-world work experience, learn how corporations and social media manipulate the public for profit, work on real-world problems, and find adult mentors—they offer crucial bridges to adulthood. And finally learn skills—practical skills like cooking, laundry, cleaning, and personal finance, as well as interpersonal communication and emotion-regulation skills.”
31. The trauma is still here…
32. Feels good!
33. Mount Everest!
34. I got it all wrong…
35. Stress and anxiety.
Dr. Divecha explained that the third phase is the time when you get a job and take care of yourself.
“Learning from mentors and gaining emotional and interpersonal skills continue to be important. Flexibility and adaptability are key, too, as young adults frequently change jobs until they land one that feels like a good fit or they create their own independent/entrepreneurial path.”
“Some core aspects of personality, like sensitivity, reactivity, or easy-going-ness, tend to be pretty stable from early in life throughout the lifespan. But your ability to know yourself and learn to express and manage your personality in fulfilling ways can improve a lot over time,”
Divecha said. “You can learn when and how to modulate your personality to better fit a situation, or on the other hand, change your situation to better fit your personality.”
36. Heaven on earth!
37. My to-do list.
38. Feels old, right?
39. They ignore this.
40. That’s my friend!
We all change and evolve.
And yet, outside events can still come along and radically change you. For example, if you had a rough start in life, a good relationship or therapy later in adulthood can transform the rest of your life for the better. Or, on the other hand, if your life has been going okay and you suddenly experience great adversity, that, too, can change you forever. The brain remains flexible throughout the lifespan but it is more easily adaptable early in life.”
Professor Jones said that criminal judges with great experience know that 30-year-old criminals act differently than younger fellow criminals.
“I think the system is adapting to what’s hiding in plain sight, that people don’t like (the idea of) a caterpillar turning into a butterfly,” he said. “There isn’t a childhood and then adulthood. People are on a pathway, they’re on a trajectory.”
41. Ibuprofen again!
42. Small talk, too.
43. Things change.
44. That’s me.
46. Couldn’t agree more!
47. Still hate it.
48. Pay my bills.
50. Get that rest!
Hilarious situations keep us moving. It’s like finding ourselves over and over again. Our parents did everything differently, and now we are doing the same things. So weird!
We didn’t even think that things would go this way. We didn’t want to grow up.
You can’t change the system and you have to get used to the idea of getting old. That would make things so easier for you.