There was a time in your life when you couldn’t wait to be a grown up. Now, here you are and sometimes it seems like it’s all bills and responsibility. Well hang in there; we’ve got some words of encouragement on this whole #adulting thing.

You make your own rules.

As an adult, you make your own agenda. You can stay up late and go as you please, and there’s no one sitting up waiting for you at 2:00 a.m. after a night out. There may still be nights when you go to bed early but they’re optional and you actually look forward to them*.*

There’s coffee and it’s unlimited.

As a kid, you knew for a fact that coffee would stunt your growth for life. You were told just one sip of the stuff would make you grow a mustache and chest hair. However, somewhere along the way to adulthood, you discovered the joys of caffeine and you’ve been hooked on it ever since. Your height, mustache and chest hair are what they are so go ahead, grab a cup of the brunette temptress and enjoy those morning volts of liquid energy.

Eat junk food for breakfast.

You’re not really an adult until you’ve had junk food for breakfast, right? Also, let’s not forget that you can eat dessert before the main course, and skip the vegetables altogether. This is reason alone to be excited about being an adult.

Taking long, hot, luxurious showers.

“Don’t use all the hot water!,” is the morning slogan of America. But when you’re an adult and have your own place, you can shower as long as you want without sacrificing your siblings’ hot water quota.

You’re an *adult* and you can do it yourself, thanks.

You’ve spent the last two decades of your life raising your hand to use the bathroom; now that you’ve got a taste of freedom, you’re never going back. You welcome the responsibility of voting, owning a pet, getting an apartment and setting your bills to autopay. There’s something liberating about adulting so hard.

Wave goodbye to team projects.

Once you’ve graduated college, your days of tracking down MIA group members are over. You might have to collaborate with your team at work, but something magical happens when everyone is paid to do their job and actually does it. Also, if it’s just not working out and you decide to leave, you don’t have to pay $3,000 to do it over again anyways.

You can try again tomorrow.

Some days, you forget your coffee on the counter and rip the seam of your last pair of “chubby college jeans.” The good news is that you can always take a day off from this whole “adulting” thing. Put on your PJ’s, make a big bowl of mac n’ cheese, download a coloring app and try again tomorrow.

The bar is set low.

Society tells us that everyone is terrible at this adulting thing. No matter where you’re at in life, there is probably someone adulting worse than you are. Plus, when you really don’t know what you’re doing you can always Google it. So keep on at it; you’re probably doing better than you think.