How to be an adult?


So while I was doing my English assignment, I came across these “Adult Principles” by John Perry Barlow. I thought, hey maybe this is that “how to” book I’ve been looking for. Maybe I should do a blog per principle? That would be fun I think. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes. For now, I’ll bold the ones I really like.

Adult Principle #1: Be patient. No matter what.

Adult Principle #2: Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him or her

Adult Principle #3: Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you

Adult Principle #4 Expand your sense of the possible.

Adult Principle #5 Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change

Adult Principle #6 Don’t ask more of others than you can deliver yourself

Adult Principle #7 Tolerate ambiguity.

Adult Principle #8 Laugh at yourself frequently.

  • This one is really important! Like, extra so.

Adult Principle #9 Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.

Adult Principle #10 Try not to forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong

Adult Principle #11 Give up blood sports.

Adult Principle #12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.

Adult Principles #13 Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)

Adult Principle #14 Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.

Adult Principle #15 Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.

Adult Principle #16 Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun

Adult Principle #17 Praise at least as often as you disparage.

Adult Principle #18 Admit your errors freely and quickly

Adult Principle #19 Become less suspicious of joy.

Adult Principle #20 Understand humility.

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