HOW TO BE AN ADULT

Inspired by @maggieannre, and my failed attempts at adulting.
  1. Ask for what you want. Don't assume people will know.
  2. Recognize that other people's feelings aren't your responsibility. It's not your job to control everything or maintain every environment or balance people's emotions.
  3. Pay your bills on time.
  4. Get your car serviced when the light comes on. Immediately. Not 2500 miles later.
  5. Receive criticism. Listen to notes. Apply them to your work.
  6. Let go of toxic relationships.
  7. Check out your ass in the reflection of shop windows. Tell yourself you look good.
  8. Eat a fucking cupcake and don't beat yourself up for consuming sugar.
  9. Go to the gym or work out, in a way that is honoring to your body and spirit.
  10. Listen to other people's opinions.
  11. But develop your own.
  12. Take what is yours.
  13. Don't apologize if you don't mean it.
  14. Take naps. Don't be a hero.
  15. Wipe down the stove and counter after you use it.
  16. Put your phone away when you're drinking.
  17. Get at least 4 hugs a day.
  18. Lay on the ground and cry sometimes. Adulting is hard.
  19. The measure of adulthood isn't in your ability to consistently succeed, but in your willingness to persevere and innovate even when you don't.