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10 Small Things That I Appreciated More After Entering Adulthood

Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by Rat Race Running

When we were younger, there were experiences that we didn’t like to do, and because of that, our parents would usually get irritated with us for not obeying them.

However, as we grow older and start living more independently, we now appreciate the instructions (even the scolding) and the little things we received growing up. We might even laugh at ourselves when we realize that our parents were right all along.

So, in just a few years that I spent living as an adult, here are some of the things that I find more enjoyable today than when I was younger.

1. Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is one of the adulting skills that I somewhat mastered through the years.

I learned the basics such as eating before grocery shopping, making a shopping list, and the store’s floor layout to strategically buy everything listed in one go.

Entering the grocery store with all shelves fully stacked also brings a childlike sense of entering a toy store.

2. Home and hardware maintenance Shopping

Like grocery shopping, going to home maintenance and hardware like Ace Hardware, DIY, and similar stores brings the same feeling as entering Toy Kingdom or Toys “R” Us.

The difference is that our excitement comes from our desire to “play” with our homes. Maybe we didn’t grow up after all.

3. Fresh bedsheets and pillow covers

Sleeping in a bed with fresh sheets and pillowcases are some of the small joys in our adult life.

It can even give us the good night’s sleep that we sometimes desperately try to squeeze into our busy schedules.

The fresh smell and cozy feeling after changing the covers can sometimes even be life-changing.

4. Freshly washed pants

Yeah, it’s gross, but in college, I can last for a week with only using one pair of pants. It was even a common joke among college students, especially in engineering, that since our pants were seldom washed, they would eventually have a life of their own.

Then adulting happened, and the laundry day became a special part of our weekend routine. Soon, we didn’t realize that we liked washing our clothes.

5. Washing the dishes

Many people don’t like washing the dishes, and that includes me. However, I soon realized that washing the dishes can allow us to slow things down, be still, and be alone with our thoughts.

During dishwashing, I usually come up with new blog ideas (162 drafts as of 09/08/21) because my mind is at ease.

Maybe we should start doing chores more often without the distractions that we are so accustomed to doing now and then.

6. Folding clothes

Folding the clothes has been very satisfying for me since I started adapting the KonMari Method. My wardrobe became more organized, and I also became more intentional with the clothes that I put in my dresser.

Folding my clothes became somewhat like a meditation or a time to learn new skills and information since I usually listen to podcasts.

7. Undies as present

When we were younger, we always liked to receive cash gifts for our birthday or Christmas presents.

Then when we reach adulthood, we realize that underwears are one of the best gifts we can receive for a year because we can finally replenish our already exhausted underwear case.

I am now at the age when I would feel exceptional when I receive a Tupperware water bottle or food organizer.

8. Walking

Walking is the most underrated form of exercise. We often take it for granted because we are always walking throughout the day.

When we are younger and our metabolism is much faster, we have a much fitter body.

However, everything changed when we started working. We started getting lazier since transportation became easier. Soon, our waistlines become bigger. That is what I tried to re-introduce the value of walking with the two-kilometer rule.

Walking also offers so many physical and mental health benefits. During my unconnected Sunday evening walks, ideas flow freely, and I can think of new blog topics.

9. Reading

I realized that the love for reading develops when we read for ourselves and not just as a requirement. I was not a wide reader when I was at school, but after exposing myself to numerous reading materials during my first year of work, my relationship with reading was never the same.

Reading is one of the most important activities that I do every day. I try to read at least an article, blog post, book chapter, and others.

Reading also became a way to sharpen my edge and to learn more about many things.

10. Rest and sleep

Sleep is not for the weak. It gives us the energy we need for the next day and helps us recover from the stress and fatigue we experience today.

It is funny that when we were children, we always wanted to skip our afternoon nap to play. But now, we regret ever missing sleep because as we enter adulthood, we realize that rest can sometimes be hard to come by.

Final Thought:

As we grow older and, hopefully, wiser, we realize that joy and happiness come in the little, less appreciated things.

We soon start to see things from a different perspective, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of the simple life that God has provided us every single day.

May each of us see the blessing and the new opportunities of waking up each day to do better things. Have a great day!


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2 comments

  1. It’s definitely the little things that make life worth living. Showering is my deep-thinking time (and when running, of course).

    But you can’t beat a fresh pair of sheets!

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