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This author’s viral tweet about the “fun” of being an adult is a serious mood

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Lauren Geall
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One Twitter user has shared her frustration about the guilt associated with “being an adult” in a fantastically sarcastic tweet.

We’ve all had those moments when being an adult is all a bit too much.

Maybe the light bulb has blown in the bathroom just as you want to get ready in the morning, or perhaps the million emails demanding your attention make you freeze with a simultaneous rush of anger and anxiety. Let’s face it: adulting can be hard.

In fact, so many of us relate to these small struggles that a tweet about the “fun” of being an adult has now gone viral, and it’s so perfectly sarcastic. On Sunday afternoon (15 September), Laura Steven had clearly had enough of juggling the million and one responsibilities and expectations which come with adulthood – so she turned to Twitter for support.

“Being an adult is fun because if you work out you feel guilty about not cleaning your house and if you clean your house you feel guilty about not side hustling and if you side hustle you feel guilty about not seeing your loved ones and if you see your loved ones you feel guilty –” the tweet read. 

Anyone else feeling personally attacked by how relatable that is?

Besides the fact that we’ve all felt dread at the prospect of cleaning the house or felt ourselves fret about skipping another workout, perhaps the most relatable part about Steven’s tweet was the guilt we all feel when we fail to juggle a ridiculous amount of tasks – particularly if we fail to use our already busy free-time to pursue a “side hustle”.

The idea of a side hustle – a business or project you work on alongside your full-time job – may seem like a great idea in practice, but in reality, the pressure to be constantly working and demonstrate multiple successes is a toxic one, which can lead to more serious problems such as chronic stress and burnout. Science has already proved that working anything over 39 hours a week is a risk to wellbeing – so why are we messing with our health? And when research has revealed that the majority of us already spend less than 42 minutes a day doing the things we enjoy, should we really be cutting down on that time even more by introducing a new side hustle or “passion project”?

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The answer is probably no. But with our friends advertising their latest project on Instagram and colleagues talking about their numerous weekend ventures, it can sometimes feel a bit like we’re falling behind if we don’t commit ourselves to way too many events and fill our to-do list with tasks.

It’s definitely not one of the biggest problems in the world – in fact, there are many other bigger fish we could be proverbially frying – but it’s important to note that if you’re feeling overwhelmed by life right now, you’re most certainly not the only one.

It’s normal to experience guilt from time to time, but we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves: the world isn’t going to end if we leave the cleaning until tomorrow.

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