The Adulting AP Test

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Remember those things that got us out of taking certain college courses if we got a decent score? Anyway, this is more of a discussion on Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.

First, I highly recommend this book unless you have 100% of your shit together which I highly doubt is possible. Even if you have a good 80% of shit together, it still makes for a funny and entertaining read.

On with my thoughts on the book.

While some of the stuff is pretty common sense stuff and some things I’m just too lazy to care to do, it was still an amusing read. I love her financial zoo, which is a helpful section. I enjoyed the fact that she’s a hip hop fan and found lyrics for every occasion (that’s not to say there are hip hop lyrics on every page, but when they pop up, it makes me happy to be reading the book).

It’s entertaining and easy to read. Adulting made easy. Take it with you where ever you go, but I recommend reading this book at home because it is a good motivator. All I wanted to do was adult all day as I read this book.

I think I started with a decent score before starting this book, but I am older than twenty three, the age of which this book seems to assume the reader is. Here are things that make one an adult (according to the book) that I already do:

  • I budget and am financially aware despite still being as poor as I was when I first got out of college.
  • I maintain my car okay.
  • I don’t drink and party like an under-aged teenager.
  • I can cook enough to survive, but don’t ask me to cook for you; you’ll find it bland or over-salted (I never seem to get it right).

Since I wasn’t reading this book fresh out of college, some of it felt like, “Geeze, Mom, I know, I know!” Nonetheless, she’s a funny writer, and I quite enjoyed reading her words.

Not so fun fact: She was a twenty seven year old journalist when she wrote the book, and I was a twenty seven year old news production assistant when I read this book. Ahh! What am I doing with my life? 

There was one good piece of advice that I question. Does anyone ever get to check the apartment that they will actually be moving into before signing a lease for a complex? In my experience, I was never guaranteed the apartment they had me look at, and I didn’t get to see my apartment until I signed the lease. Then I would turn in the inventory sheet that tells them everything that’s wrong with the place, but I would still be legally stuck living in it. But if you can see the apartment beforehand, it is sound advice.

Besides the financial zoo, I enjoyed the “circle of concern vs. circle of action,” so I made my own. Basically, try not to stress too much about what you can’t control (circle of concern), and take action when it comes to things you can control (action).

Concern vs Action

The book is full of wise words like these, and I think everyone should read it. I learned a lot, and I feel more motivated to be an adult.

Some discussion questions she provided (quoted exactly) and my answers:

  • What is your biggest adult failure to date? Be honest. Did it involve coconut-flavored rum? It did, didn’t it? Oh, coconut rum.
    • A lot of failures involved alcohol, but no, I think even worse than any of that was not knowing at all what to do when one gets in a car accident regarding the person who hit me and the insurance companies. Minor detail now, but man was I so stupid then (does this count because I was still in college, but I was also pretending I was capable of adulthood?).
  • If you had a pet zebra, what would you name him? Here’s a few to get you started: Edwin Brewster, Senor Stripes, Karen, Pickles, Trotters.
    • ZZ Stripes
    • Striper Z
  • Name one thing you overlooked before you signed a lease for an apartment that you really, really wish you hadn’t?
    • It’s not so bad, but I tend to overestimate how big a square foot is, so this little studio space is a lot less than I thought.
  • Name some other things crazy people do, then write a one-act play that includes all of them.
    • I cannot think of anything currently, but I definitely want to get to this in another blog post.
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