14 GIFs That Perfectly Capture the Essence of Adulting

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

There’s no handbook on how to become a fully functional adult. It’s all about the process, and the missteps along the way.

Adulting, according to the Urban Dictionary definition, is a verb that means “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.” As The Josie Dye Show crew can attest, these things aren’t always easily accomplished in the journey to adulthood.

Here are 14 GIFs that capture the struggle that can come along with adulting.

When someone calls you “sir” or “madam” in a store

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When that direct deposit hits and you go to the bar

Checking your bank statement after a big night out

When you do your laundry without shrinking anything

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When your parents say you need to figure out your life

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When you remember that embarrassing thing you said in a job interview

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When your friends say you’re still a drama queen

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When you think you’re classy because it’s wine

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When you send a risky text to a crush

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When you’re trying to keep cool on Tinder

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When your friend says help yourself to anything in the fridge

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When your friends hype you to that cute guy/girl at the bar

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When you see those Golden Arches at the end of a long night out

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When you find an app that does everything for you

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You can’t fail at adulting if you never try. The Josie Dye Show with Matt & Carlin airs weekdays at 6 a.m. on Indie88.


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