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A Baby Adult’s Guide for Adults-To-Be

So I’m twenty, which doesn’t really make me a fully-fledged Adult, but it does make me like a level one adult so I’m gonna make a little post of advice for those younger than me who are approaching Baby Adulthood for the first time. Not that there’s a second time. Anyway.

Notes: I am based in the UK so this is true for England; some things might be different in other countries. Also, this is all my personal advice from me and my friends’ experiences so disclaimer: I am not an expert don’t take this advice as gospel.

  • When you leave school: 
    • take last-day pictures. obviously. 
    • it’s true that you will now have your pick of anything you want to do, your everyday life is not dictated to you by law anymore. this is not necessarily a good thing and it will take SOME TIME to learn how to make your own choices and build your own life. 
    • it’s true that as soon as school is over (assuming you get the grades you needed for uni if you’re going to uni), your grades, your social standing, etc. will not mean anything. you know what will? your extra-curricular stuff and your close friends. 
    • (seriously, if it isn’t too late, don’t give up your hobbies. if there’s something you wanna do or try or get into, try it while you’re young; by the time you get to uni, it’s way harder to try things without already knowing how to do them, because a lot of people in the extra-curricular clubs will be ahead of where you are. not getting a head start at skills I wanna build is my obstacle as an adult rn.)
    • try to keep chatting on the group chat. ours hasn’t been dead for a single day in the two years since we left school, and it’s what keeps us all friends. school is such a great friend-making environment, you might not get such a great chance to socialise that regularly again. 
    • (that being said, it’s okay if you’re not close to anyone at school; you can meet new friends as an adult, of course)
  • If you can resist it, try not to watch youtubers’ vlogs, especially those who are your age: their life seems painfully attainable, but you’ll be giving yourself overly high expectations. These are not ‘normal lives’ and you can be happy with far less than they have.
  • Find a hot beverage that you like and start every day by making yourself one. it creates the illusion of routine, which is something you lose when you leave school tbh.
  • On living away from your parents’ house:
    • have a first aid kit containing bite and sting cream, anti-bacterial fluid, painkillers, plasters/band aids, cold medicine, and bandages. yes, bandages. you honestly never know. case in point; I broke my toe yesterday and I am glad af I had bandages. 
    • if your parents are good, get them to keep their phone on or near them at all times, even at night, in case of emergency. never be afraid to text them adulthood-related questions.
    • it’ll feel weird at first, but soon you’ll be amazed at how well you can cope on your own. 
    • don’t forget to pack empty containers/bags etc. it’s the easiest thing to forget to pack.
    • remember your room is truly private now; express yourself however you like in there.
  • You will probably be alone a lot more. be prepared for this; it can be surprisingly hard. But, you’ll realise how invaluable your own inner voice can be to yourself. You might start referring to yourself in third person. that’s fine.
  • If you get to bed at a reasonable hour, set an alarm for the morning even if you don’t have to be up. don’t do this all the time, you need lie-ins sometimes, but waking up at noon by default will screw your body and your day up. 
  • Food:
    • if you don’t buy the unhealthy option, you can’t pick it when it comes to eating time. so buy margarine instead of butter, brown instead of white bread, quorn instead of meat, etc. 
    • but make sure there is always some kind of sweet treat available.
    • always keep an easy/ready meal in the freezer for days when you can’t/don’t want to cook. 
    • make a side-salad while your dinner is cooking to make your meal insta-healthy. 
    • brinner (breakfast food for dinner) is occasionally a good idea. 
  • Walk places if you can. It saves bus fare and counts as exercise.
  • Try not to have lunch/dinner out on your own, if you have a choice; this saves money for when someone asks you to have lunch/dinner with them. 
  • Practical things:
    • forty degrees (Celsius) and short wash/eco cycle is fine for 99% of your clothes. most clothes are less fussy and delicate than our parents would have us believe. just make sure they dry somewhere warm, or outside, or they’ll smell damp. 
    • if you can afford all-in-one laundry pods they make life so much easier.
    • in winter, have the heat on for about two/three hours in the morning and the same in the evening. adjust as appropriate. 
    • multi-surface anti-bac wipes can clean everything. 
    • to clean a toilet, gently pour bleach around the bottom of the rim where the flush water comes out, in a circle around the whole bowl, brush with a loo brush, then flush. clean the rest with wipes. 
    • a no-wipe/no-scrub daily shower spray you can use after every shower saves deep cleaning it. 
    • keep every manual. all of them. 
  • Taking a ton of personality/aptitude tests seems like a gimmick but it’s a great way to start getting to know yourself; you’ll need to get to know yourself now you’re making your own choices. 
  • There is no ‘right way’ to do grocery shopping. there is no ‘right way’ to do most things like that. you just have to let yourself find your own method.
  • Car stuff:
    • if in doubt, pull over and call your parent(s)/a friend.
    • you can drive while you’re having dizzy spells but you probably shouldn’t.
    • the same goes for worn out break pads. 
    • the longer you leave a problem unchecked, the worse it can get.
    • Park and Ride services are great.
    • learning to change a tire is probably a good idea. 
    • if you can afford to fill your car all the way up, you’ll be thankful for it later. 
    • keep an emergency/overnight bag in the boot/trunk. 
  • Choosing your life routes/goals/career/uni course:
    • most other people don’t know what they’re doing, either. 
    • pick a course you enjoy, not just one you want to work in; you probably won’t end up with the job you’re planning on anyway. 
    • having no goals and no idea is not an evil; life is so unpredictable that what you work towards is rarely exactly what you get anyway.
    • don’t make snap decisions not to do things. do make snap decision to do things. 
    • if you can find someone willing to share what they think you should do, it’s fine to ask. they might give you a great idea you didn’t think of. just don’t let them decide for you. 
    • keep a simple diary of everything you do and record how much you enjoyed it, how invested your were in it and how energised/exhausted it left you. then look back and you’ll be able to see what you like doing and what you don’t, and therefore how to choose what makes you happy.
    • ‘follow your dreams’ is nice idea that can leave you super disappointed with a perfectly happy life. choose passion if you can, but always stick to realism. shoot for the stars but don’t expect to reach them; imagine you’re shooting an arrow or throwing a discus, aiming beyond the target in order to hit it. 

This got way too long. I’m thinking I should stop.

Play it cool, Campbell - Part III
  • Bernie: She spoke to me.
  • Raf: [aghast] You're not serious?
  • Bernie: It was only six words. The fifth one started with 'f' and the last one was 'off' but that feels like progress.
  • Raf: *pats Bernie on shoulder*
  • - - -
  • Serena: Lou could you set this patient up with a morphine drip, please?
  • Lou: *nods and walks away because does she ever speak? Ever?*
  • Serena: *spots Bernie across the ward* I could do with a morphine drip for that royal pain in the behind. *smashes anti-bac gel dispenser and walks off*
  • - - -
  • Serena: Albie's tonight?
  • Raf: Sure thing!
  • Morven: Definitely!
  • Bernie: If you're buying...
  • Serena: On second thought, I'd best be getting home. Enjoy your night out, everyone.
  • - - -
  • Bernie: Board meeting starts in ten minutes.
  • Serena: And?
  • Bernie: Well they've proposed cuts to AAU and I was wondering...
  • Serena: I can handle it perfectly well on my own, thank you.
  • Bernie: Right. Yes. It's just...
  • Serena: What?
  • Bernie: Should I let them axe my job?
  • Serena: *heart rips in two, sirens blare, stomach does a backflip* Whatever you want. I wouldn't want to stand in your way.
Everybody loves a circus show (4/?)

Summary: The first time Gavin Free walked into the big top at the age of five, it took him 3.2 seconds to know this was where he wanted to spend his life. Circus AU in which RoosterTeeth Circus of Wonders is about to get a new member.

A/N: wow I am so sorry this took so long, this is kind of an important chapter and I spent so long worrying I wouldn’t do it justice that I just stopped even writing it. Anyway, here we go. Thanks for sticking around and the support so far <3

AO3

For the second time in as many days, Gavin was awoken by a face inches from his own. Upside down, with his hands planted firmly on the edge of the bed, Michael was leaning over him, messy hair hanging into Gavins vision. He jolted back, only to collide firmly with a solid body behind him, who his sleep addled brain was pretty sure belonged to Ray, oh yeah… he slept in their bed last night.

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