15 People Share Their “Holy S**t, I’m an Adult” Moment

Photo Credit: Pexels

Everybody has to grow up sometime, and there are definitely those moments where you realize, “Yep, childhood is over.”

Photo Credit: Someecards

Sit back, relax, and enjoy these 15 AskReddit stories of people being adult AF.


About two months after I graduated college and was in my first job, I was having dinner on a patio with friends. A block away, two cars collided and one guy wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. People were running towards the scene and someone yelled “is anyone a doctor?” The whole patio was watching the scene.

My friend said, “go help.” To which I thought, “no, I’m not like a real nurse, I’m just, like, you know… a nursing student who just graduated from nursing school and works as a nurse… oh shit, I think I’m a nurse. How the hell did that happen?”

I jogged over and said “I’m a nurse” and it was the weirdest feeling for people twenty or forty years older than me to be looking at me like “OKAY GOOD, YOU BE THE AUTHORITY HERE UNTIL THE PARAMEDICS SHOW UP.”

No one was seriously hurt at all and immediate medical help wasn’t all that necessary. Guy who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt had whiplash. I just told him not to move and stay put. Asked him if he’d hit his head, asked his name, asked him what day it was. Anyone who’d seen a medical show could have done what I did. Then the ambulance and cops came and the waitress got my table a comped dessert for my “act of heroism,” which was essentially me bullshitting my way through the situation while thinking, “oh fuck, oh fuck, why am I the adult in this situation, oh fuck.”

2. Well, shit…

Just recently, actually.

I have a disease that makes my bowels do some freaky shit. One thing led to another and I had an accident at work. I work in a mall.

As I was sitting there, in the public toilet stall, trying to cry quietly and remove my underwear without taking off my tights and shoes, that I had to get myself out of the situation. There was no ” grown up” I could call to help me.

I feel pretty upset that I’m dealing with this at 21.

Appreciate your functioning sphincters folks.

3. Now what?

Getting laid off from my job at 24. Full time, 40 hr week, career job and they laid me and 15 other people off due to a decline in revenue.

Being 24, in a new city with no friends and suddenly losing my job was like adulthood sucker punching me. How was I going to make rent? Do I have enough experience to get another job? Is this really happening? This is a joke right? They can’t do this to me, I’m only 24! Maybe it’s all a dream! What the fuck, why did this happen!

Then I got my shit together and had to start making phone calls. No one was going to magically make it right for me. No one was going to knock on my door and fix my problems.

That was my first real “I’m an adult and this could all go wrong so quickly” moment.

4. Cocaaaiiiiine!

I’m the one with the checkbook. My roommate gives me the cash.

I’m the one set up with Auto-Payment for our utilities. He gives me cash.

When I set it up, he said “I’m so glad you know how to do that stuff” — Motherfucker I don’t “know how to do that stuff” I just fucking did it, and figured it out. It took work and effort to do all this. I did some serious growing up when that was going down. Also, I accept my role with excitement now.

Doesn’t hurt that he just gave me $800 cash this morning. Gonna go buy some cocaaaaiiiiine

5. Bag man

A child came up to me and told me about a bag that he’d found in the middle of the street.

My first thought was “Oh, I should find an adult to help me with this” and then I suddenly had the realisation of “oh shit, the kid just did that and I’M the adult!”

Checked it out, it was just clothes and stuff, so I moved it a bit more out the way so it wasn’t just in the middle of the street, but was still nearby in case the person came back.

Came back 2 hours later and it was gone.

6. OMG!

Was on a bike ride with my 4 year old son when he came off his bike and broke his arm very, very badly. I had to literally hold his arm together with my hands for about 45 mins.

As I was directing my wife to go get the car, physically stabilising my son AND talking down a hysterical bystander (who was walking past with her kids when it happened). I remember having one of those out of my body moments, watching myself handling it all, and thinking “holy fuck, look at me adulting here!”

7. Adulting so fucking hard!

I was in the supermarket and suddenly realised “fucking hell, I can buy whatever I want, I’m an adult!”

Went home, watched cartoons in my underwear whilst eating cheerios and drinking Jack Daniels from the bottle.

Felt good man.