When you're a kid, being an adult seems like the coolest thing in the world. When the transformation actually happens, though, we all realize we should be careful what we wish for.
1. Your pet situation
Expectation: You'll finally have the house full of puppies and kittens and ponies that you've always wanted.
Reality: Anything that requires more care than a houseplant seems a little overwhelming right now.
2. Your sleep schedule
Expectation: You'll stay up super late every night and forget that the word "bedtime" ever existed.
Reality: Being in bed by 10:00 sounds like actual heaven.
3. Your diet
Expectation: Nobody can stop you from having ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Reality: This is true, but so is the crippling regret that comes after trying it once.
4. Your employment situation
Expectation: You'll never settle for anything less than the fun, high-paying job of your dreams.
Reality: You're hoping that your unpaid internship leaves you with enough time to keep your weekend fast food job.
5. Your living situation
Expectation: You'll have an awesome house that you can decorate any way you want.
Reality: You have an apartment that's slightly bigger than your body... if you can afford to move out of your parents' house.
6. Your love life
Expectation: Finding your mature, good-looking soulmate will be easy now that you're both grown up.
Reality: Being single forever is starting to not sound so terrible after all.
7. Your culinary skills
Expectation: You'll be able to make all your favorite foods whenever you want.
Reality: This is much harder than Mom made it look.
8. Your relationship with your parents
Expectation: You'll finally be free from the controlling clutches of your parents.
Reality: Getting a call or a visit from Mom and Dad makes your whole day better... especially when you need their advice.
9. Your financial situation
Expectation: You'll have your own money to spend on whatever you please.
Reality: You dream of a day where you'll have money left over after paying for groceries, rent, and bills.
10. Your peers
Expectation: You'll finally be surrounded by mature, responsible people just like you.
Reality: Most adults are just old children with more freedom and body hair.
11. Your responsibilities
Expectation: You'll finally be free from all the work you had to do in school.
Reality: You realize it was nothing in comparison to the work/school/life load that you have now.
12. Your ability to multitask
Expectation: Running errands and doing chores will be easy and make you feel more "adult-like."
Reality: Your parents definitely have superpowers that they did not pass on to you.
13. Your wardrobe
Expectation: Your fashion sense will be the envy of other adults who wish they could look as put-together as you.
Reality: You would sacrifice your left arm to be able to wear sweatpants to work.
14. Your coolness
Expectation: You will refuse to be the lame-o that can't keep up with new technology or slang.
Reality: People are throwing around words like "Twitter" and "swag" and quite frankly it's all a bit overwhelming.
15. Your adjustment to it all
Expectation: Turning 18 will grant you instant knowledge of everything you need to know about becoming a grown-up.
Reality: Neither you nor anyone else has any idea of what's going on or what you should do.