If you were born in the 80s or 90s, the prospect of “adulthood" is ever on the horizon. But when do you officially cross the river Hades and begin the concurrent numerical-ascent and physical-descent into its imminent grasp?
Well, just like its younger sibling “puberty," this next stage of our lives can vary from person to person. But the telltale signs that you've reached the adulting threshold are there.
Ironically, there are 30 of them, and they're listed below.
"You literally just stop caring. Especially about what others think."30 Signs You're an Adult… Or in Denial About It
1. You've fallen asleep in full makeup and clothing on a Saturday night.
With the lights on.
2. Your new [vacuum cleaner] is your favorite purchase of the year so far.
Feel free to substitute: blender, knife set, steamer, space heater, or pots-and-pans here.
If you're an Adult-in-Denial (AiD): a PlayStation console.
3. You've napped in your car on your lunch break to recover from a night out.
And have a strategy (like a blanket or hoodie left in your back seat) to do so more effectively.
4. You smile when they ask for your ID at a bar.
Instead of silently rehearsing your fake birthday and birthplace.
“Millie Thompson, June 3rd, 1986… I mean 1987."
5. You treat your pet like your child… because all of your friends have children.
Everyone knows someone in daycare.
6. The definition of “Coke" changes from a soda to a drug, or vice-versa.
But you need at least one of them to stay awake these days.
7. Your idea of “recreational drugs" are now just prescription drugs for which you have no prescription.
And you're old enough to have binge-watched “Intervention" when it was still on the air.
8. You floss. Like, daily. Sometimes even at work.
And are shameless when your coworkers walk in on you doing it
9. You pay extra to shop online from your couch rather than interact with humans.
And refuse to order anything on Amazon that's not Prime. #FreeShippingOrBust
10. You've caught yourself discussing the economy and real estate markets at parties… with people who are willing and interested.
There was probably a cheese plate involved. Even though you tell people you're “lactose intolerant."
11. You literally just stop caring. Especially about what others think.
And choose to live in a world where “sweatpants" are just called “pants."
12. Espresso makes you poop within the hour.
You also have a list of other natural laxatives lying around your place.
13. You actually get ready for bed, and make sure you get enough sleep to function the next day.
Refer to item #3 for what happens if you don't get your full eight hours.
19. The word “Colonoscopy" suddenly enters your vocabulary.
And you've probably found reviews and Groupons for the best place to get one done.
14. You no longer count the free snacks at work as a “full meal."
And have voiced a strong opinion on which foods they keep in stock. Because you've probably “developed an intolerance" to one of the ingredients, and want everyone to be aware of it.
15. You always bring a dish or drink with you when you visit a friend's place.
You used to wonder who shopped at your local grocery store bakery. Now, you bring festive cookies everywhere you go.
16. You start calling your friend's parents by their first names, instead of Mr./Mrs.
And they're now comfortable sharing what was really going on in your neighborhood, especially during birthday parties.
17. It takes you 2 hours to get drunk... and 2 days to recover.
But by now you've mastered the science experiment of hydration + electrolytes + active charcoal to avoid the inevitable hangover.
18. You buy ice cream whenever you want… and can afford to pay for the good stuff.
Most likely on a Friday night to complement your Netflix date and lack of fucks.
"You realize that you can no longer do math without a calculator."
20. You've injured yourself while simply sleeping or stretching.
On numerous, separate occasions. Like when you “bent over wrong to tie your shoe" last week.
21. You now refer to it as “adult" acne.
Subliminally, of course.
22. You no longer share one Netflix account with everyone you know.
But most likely have to keep instructing your parents on how to use it.
23. You pay your taxes on-time. Without your parents reminding you.
Though you might call them for advice just in case.
24. You realize that you can no longer do math without a calculator.
And have forgotten literally everything else they taught you in middle school. How do you even use a protractor in real life?
25. You drive around nice neighborhoods just to admire houses from the outside.
Just like your parents did before you.
26. You find random dark hairs on your face and body.
Which you pay other people good money to deal with removing.
27. You pride yourself on upgrading from shopping at Forever 21 to Zara.
Although you're “Forever 21" at heart… am I right
28. You find ways to justify “sleeping" and “eating" as hobbies.
Yelp is not an activity people. But is sleep?
29. You seriously get down with meditation.
And have probably fallen asleep once or twice while doing it.
30. You realize you're not what you “thought you would be when you grew up."
And there's no more time to do something about it.
In many ways I am a shining example of the American Dream. I was born in Hungary during the Communist era, and my family fled to Israel before coming to the U.S. in pursuit of freedom and safety. When we arrived, I was just a young, shy girl who couldn't speak English. After my childhood in Hungary, New York City was a marvel; I couldn't believe that such a lively, rich place existed. Even a simple thing like going to the market and seeing all the bright, colorful produce and having so many choices was new to me. I'll never take that for granted. I think it's where my love affair with color truly began.
One thing I had was a strong work ethic. I worked hard in school, to learn English, and at jobs including my first job at Dairy Queen -- which I loved! Ice cream is easily my favorite food. From there, I moved into the garment district where my brother-in-law's family had a business. During this time, I was able to see how a business was run and began to hone in on my eye for aesthetics and willingness to work hard at any task I was given.
Eventually, my brother-in-law bought a dental supply company in Los Angeles and asked me to join him. LA, a place with 365-days of sunshine. How could I say no? The company started as Odontorium Products Inc. During the acrylic movement of the 1980s, we realized that nail technicians were buying our product, and that the same components used for dentures were used for artificial nails. We saw a potential opening in the market, and we seized it. OPI began dropping off the "rubber band special" at every salon on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles. A jar of powder, liquid and primer – rubber-banded together – became the OPI Traditional Acrylic System and was a huge hit, giving OPI its start in the professional nail industry. It was 1981 when OPI first opened its doors. I couldn't have predicted our success, but I knew that hard work and faith in myself would be key in transforming a new business into a company with global reach.
When we started OPI, what we were doing was something new. Before OPI came on the scene, the generic, utilitarian nail polish names already on the market – like Red No. 4, Pink No. 2 – were completely forgettable. We rebranded the category with catchy names that we knew women could relate to and would remember. The industry was stale and boring, so we made it more fun and sexy. We started creating color collections. I carefully developed 30 groundbreaking colors for the debut collection -- many of which are still beloved bestsellers today, including Malaga Wine, Alpine Snow and Kyoto Pearl.
There is no other nail color brand in the world that touches the totality of industries the way OPI does.
With deep roots in Tinseltown, we eventually started collaborating with Hollywood. Our decision to collaborate with the entertainment industry also propelled OPI forward in another way, ultimately leading us to finding a way to connect with women beyond the world of beauty, relating our products to the beverages they drink, the cars they drive, the movies they watch, the clothes they wear – even the shade they use to paint their living room walls! There is no other nail color brand in the world that touches the totality of industries the way OPI does. It also propelled my growth as a businessperson forward. I found myself sitting in meetings with executives from some of the top companies in the world. I didn't have a fancy presentation. I didn't have a Harvard business degree. I realized that what I had was passion. I had a passion for what we were doing, and I had my own unique story that no one else could replicate.
Discipline, hard work, and passion gave me the confidence to grow from that shy immigrant girl to become the person that I am today
Bit by bit, I grew up with the business. Discipline, hard work, and passion gave me the confidence to grow from that shy immigrant girl to become the person that I am today -- an author, public speaker, and co-founder of OPI, the world's #1 professional nail brand.
I learned quickly that one can be an expert at many things, but not everything. Running a business is very hard work. Luckily, I had someone I could collaborate with who brought something new to the table and complemented my talents, my brother-in-law George Schaeffer. My business "superpower," or the ability to make decisions quickly and confidently, kept me ahead of trends and competition.
Another key to my success in building this brand and in growing in business was being authentic. Authenticity is so important to brands and maybe even more so now in the time of social media when you can speak directly to your consumers. I realized even then that I could only be me. I was a woman who knew what I wanted. I looked at my mother and daughter and wanted to create products that would excite and empower them.
There's often an expectation placed on women in charge that they need to be cutthroat to be competitive, but that's not true. Rather than focusing on my gender or any implied limitations I might bring to the job as a female and a mother, I always focused instead on my vision. I deliberately fostered an environment at OPI filled with warmth. After all, at the end of the day, your organization is only as good as its people. I've always found that being nice, being humble, and listening to others has served me well. Instead of pushing others down to get to the top, inspire them and bring them along on the journey.
You can read more about my personal and professional journey in my new memoir out now, I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time.