Young adults always imagine that they will be better at “adulting” than their parents from a generation before because they are ‘new’ and ‘in touch’ with the advancements of technology. Unfortunately, adulthood is something that also evolves with each generation and the experience is never quite the same for any generation. Having said that, there are some things that will never change and these are life lessons that any young adult can learn from their parents and apply to their own lives.
Answering Their Calling
Many young people grow up watching their parents work a job they hate simply because it pays well and they need the money for the upkeep of their family. These children grow up swearing that they will never do a job they hate for money because they see how unhappy their parents are. It is important that there be non-graduate and career advice for graduates programmes in every community in order to help the next generation identify their calling and steer them to it. Otherwise, we as a society will be stuck with another generation of discontent workers. The first step has to be taken by you: if you feel you do not know what you should be doing with your life, go to an agency that can guide you and take an aptitude test; if you prefer taking a risk, try out a few different jobs. Find out what you want to do with your life and do not let paper dictate it.
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Dealing in Currency
There may well be computerized credits in another one hundred years, but for the moment, money rules most of our lives. Learning to be financially responsible as well as independent is important because schools do not teach us these skills; we learn them from experience and too often, our own experience comes too late for us to correct. The best way to be financially independent is to find a secure job that is in keeping with our interests. Career coaching can lead us to that and then opening savings accounts, investing (smartly) in stocks and bonds, having a long-term retirement plan and spending wisely can all lead to responsible financial practices.
Hospital Checks and Balances
One of the perks that come with adulthood is that you are now able to purchase items such as cigarettes and alcohol that you could not do before. With many young people, this translates to over-the-top binge drinking and smoking incessantly simply to make up for the time they lost. Addictive substances such as these are harmful to the body when over-indulged (cigarettes are harmful either way) but are seen as a status symbol and are consumed widely. Learn from the mistakes of older adults in your life who have breathing problems, alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and other health problems because of ingesting these items on a daily basis. Avoid them as much as possible, or learn to consume them in a responsible manner.