Do any of you remember being maybe 7 or 8 years old and wondering when you were finally going to be a grown-up? I used to think to myself “When I get to high school that is when I will finally be a grown-up” and “I will finally be a grown-up when I can drive.” Heres the funny thing, though. Every time I would set a new point where I thought I would finally become an adult, my idea of what it really meant to be a grown up had changed. When I graduate high school, when I graduate college, when I have a “real” job, and when I get married- these were all milestones that I thought would serve as a right of passage into adulthood. Yet every time I passed one of these milestones I just felt that somehow I wasn’t quite a grown-up for whatever reason.
Most recently the milestone I had decided on for what makes someone a grown-up is when they make a gigantic life purchase. Adults are able to budget their money and make smart financial decisions that allow them to buy things that kids just can’t. Well, a week ago I officially became an adult! I sold my car that I bought back in college and purchased my new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
If you know anything about the family I grew up in, you know that these kinds of decisions take FOREVER. There is research and planning and questioning if you made the right choice. Zach’s family is the opposite. They decide what they like, they think about it overnight, then they buy it. I wish I could have watched Zach and I struggle through this from the outside because I am sure it would have been worthy of a TV sitcom. Zach was ready for me to get a new car since the day we got married and I kept saying things like “But I love my little car!”
To help me decide what car I might want after driving my white Chevy Cruz for the past 3 years Zach took me to the L.A. Auto Show. This place was incredible. If you are even thinking about buying a new car I HIGHLY recommend going to the auto show in the nearest major city to you so you can see what you like. I got to walk around the convention center and look at all of the 2019 cars that were available or would be coming available soon. I could walk around, sit in the cars, ask questions, and compare all the cars I was interested in back to back without having to drive from dealership to dealership. The best part? No pushy car salesmen to deal with!
After looking at all the cars available I finally decided on a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Zach and I spent countless hours building them online and talking about options and packages. I finally decided on exactly what I wanted but there were no dealerships around that had the color with the options I wanted in stock. I decided I would wait until I could get exactly what I wanted so I had kind of stopped checking online. Then, Zach called me up at work and told me that he found my car! He sent me the link, called the dealer to place a hold on the car, and less than a week later we were there to pick it up!
The drive home took about an hour. The whole time I just kept thinking “Wow. Only a real grown-up could pull this off.” For the first time ever, I did not immediately start thinking about the next milestone that would make me an adult. I simply just accepted that I was finally adulting. I know there will always be things that come up that make me think “This is what it means to be an adult”, but for now, I think I am finally on my way!
Do you remember what it was that finally made you feel like an adult? Or are you still waiting to hit your next milestone? Let me know in the comments below!