August 8, 2013 by ebostick1212
These last few weeks have been a total wake-up call. I am fresh off a year in professional limbo. Not a teacher, not a student, somewhere in between. Last year, as I began life as an auxiliar in Spain, there were several responsibilities I left at airport security.
I lived with room mates, paid everything in cash, and didn’t even think about a savings account. I basically spent the year living as a student with a small income. Of course, I did come away from Spain with invaluable teaching experience; something I wouldn’t get as a student.
And I am lucky…that experience landed me a real-life ‘grown up’ teaching job. Yet I have been growing more and more panicked as the school year nears. This hasn’t necessarily been about the teaching, itself, but rather about the niceties that goes along with being an adult.
‘Since when do I have to pay car insurance?!’ was a thought I had yesterday…for the first time since getting a job. OF COURSE I have to pay car insurance. I have a car! I feel like this is something I should have thought about six weeks ago.
My new smartphone, the first one I have ever owned, is filled with Trulia, Zillow, and other apartment classified apps. Since when did I get the means to rent an apartment all to myself?
My makeshift budget, one that will have to go out the window once I get my true take home pay, is showing numbers that are slowly dwindling. Car insurance, health insurance, rent, phone bills, taxes…when does it end?!
I get it. It doesn’t end. That is the whole ‘being an adult’ thing. I just thought I would ease into these things, instead of having it slap me in the face. Well, I have been slapped, and it stings. The truth is that this is the present–my present– and this is what I have to deal with. Dealing with it is what grown ups do.