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Adulthood

You Only Live Once... And Life Is Long

Sarah Burkhart | Posted 07.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Burkhart

My career path up to this point can be best described as... tangly. After four years spent earning my BS in mechanical engineering, I joined the ranks...

10 Things Only My Father Could Teach Me

Alicia Cook | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

Spoiler Alert: Dad really did know best. With Father's Day approaching, I have tried to pinpoint the most important things my father ever taught me.

Most Of My Friends Have 'Evolved,' But I Feel Like I Haven't

Valeria Laura Rigo | Posted 06.08.2015 | Teen
Valeria Laura Rigo

I can't leave the country on my own or drink alcohol. My parents take me to school every day, which I am one year away from finishing. Now, maybe you are thinking to yourselves "Those must be the best years of your life" and "You have your whole life ahead of you," but truth is, I'm not so sure I do anymore.

I Suppose I'd Call Myself an Adult

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

All joking aside, I'd say that I spend an exceptional amount of time thinking about what it means to be an adult. At 26, I wrestle with this notion constantly, sometimes what feels like every moment of every day.

"I Like Cheetos" and Other Confessions From My Adult Life

Toria Sheffield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Comedy
Toria Sheffield

Technically, I probably shouldn't do a lot of the things I still do. But I also can't help shake the feeling that I'm not the only one--that there are definitely hordes of other grown ups out there who also feel vaguely like total impostors.

Help, I Can't Adult Today

Jonathan Savitt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy
Jonathan Savitt

Adulthood is just as much a part of life as having a Dave Matthews phase. The days of strict curfews are long gone and no one can tell you not to spend a whole day watching "Lizzie McGuire" reruns -- life is good.

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

Claire Fallon

Is There A Case For Growing Up?

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts

Adulthood has been taking a beating in popular culture recently. Young adult fiction reigns on bestseller lists; teenyboppers top the musical ...

This Is My 39

Galit Breen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Galit Breen

Thirty-nine is seeing 16-year-olds and thinking they look way too young to drive and seeing 50-year-olds and thinking they're stunning. It's knowing loss, and finding sparkle in the everyday. It's not necessarily worrying what others think of me and my choices.

Taking Away My Daughter's Hard-Earned Rights

Ben Decter | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Ben Decter

After a terrifying start to her life with catastrophic childhood epilepsy, Addie has clawed her way to a sense of confidence, grit and burgeoning independence. But there's little time to celebrate her achievement of things that once seemed impossible. We feel compelled to take away some of her rights.

How the Hell Did This Happen?

Paula H. Noe | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula H. Noe

I am still very grateful that I am in this temporary (although ridiculous) situation and I remind myself of this fact often.

34 Ways You Change As You Become An Adult

Lexi Herrick | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Being an adult doesn't mean locking in a 9-5 job and procreating. Being an adult doesn't mean having everything figured out. Being an adult isn't some threshold you pass through at a fully mature and developed stage of life.

Playing the Waiting Game

Alex Madda | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Alex Madda

We only have one life to live. And though waiting may take up a great deal of it, we hope and pray the waiting will reap its benefits. We'll just have to throw the dice and pray for the best. We'll never know otherwise.

How to Get Over Your Quarter-Life Crisis

Kali Rogers | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Kali Rogers

This is for all of you out there that actually want to do something about this awkward time, here is how to unapologetically drop kick your quarter-life crisis into last week.

This Office Just Installed A Ball Pit

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living

The creative team at London-based design agency Pearlfisher believes that work environments today have grown too serious, focusing on goals without nu...

The Bucket Stops Here

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

Not long ago I was helping my father with a job at his house, and a five gallon bucket of water had to be carried outside. I grabbed the handle t...

10 'Lame' Things That Are Awesome When You're An Adult

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

Is it just me, or is a carpet with those sweet, beautiful vacuum lines almost as beautiful as looking at a sunset over the ocean?

Stuff I Didn't Know About Adulthood Until I Got Here

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Beveridge

Grownups get mad at kids for making messes, but nobody makes bigger messes than grownups.

Finding Home

Jennifer Langione | Posted 12.21.2014 | New York
Jennifer Langione

As you compare yourself to your peers who fled the nest as soon as they flung their graduation caps into the air, remind yourself that you're not behind--you're simply paving your own way home.

24 Things That You're Only Proud Of In College

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.02.2014 | College

College is a time to explore yourself and the world around you. It's about figuring out what you and life are all about. But let's be honest, our stan...

Please Step On My Grass: New Adulthood in American Culture

Lila Kalick | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Lila Kalick

Becoming more self-aware in the process of aging is the hard earned prize of our adult lives. It's what gives and will give us the authority to speak with conviction to younger generations. It doesn't make us children.

The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

10 Things I Didn't Expect About Being A Grown-Up

Kate Hall | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Kate Hall

I thought peer pressure was done when I left high school. It's a bit easier not to give in to it now, but it's still there, rearing its ugly head in the form of Mommy Wars and keeping up with the Joneses.

I Am A Princess Pan

April Brucker | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
April Brucker

Recently in my travels, I overheard a conversation where the term "Princess Pan" was uttered. It was in reference to the unmarried, childless niece of...

The Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

Part of growing up, it would seem, is slowly realizing one's perspective is not the only one to exist. This realization is a slower process, however, than one would imagine.