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7 ways you definitely know you're an adult now
You mightn’t feel it, but you definitely are. Sorry.

THERE COMES A time in everyone’s life where they wake up one fine morning to a horrific truth.

A huge, shocking realisation.

Somehow, without even being aware of how it happened, you became an adult. And that’s… terrifying.

But the good news is – you’re handling it. Mostly. As best you can. And for that we salute you.

If you’re still not sure whether you’re actually an adult yet, we’ve rounded up seven ways you can tell.

Brace yourself.

1. Getting yourself up in the morning

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Remember those days when you never had to set an alarm clock because someone would come in and shout at you repeatedly until you got up?

Now, you have to remember to set your own alarm clock, to snooze it five times by yourself, and then drag your own self out of bed.

So unfair. 

And if you accidentally turn off your alarm instead of snoozing it and sleep in, well… may God have mercy on your soul. Because no-one’s going to write a note to your boss for you.

2. Ironing your own clothes

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In theory, you could sidestep this bastion of adulthood quite easily by just buying clothes that don’t wrinkle, but chances are at some point you’re going to have to pull out the ironing board and swipe the iron over some item of clothing you want to wear, and at that very moment you’ll hear, echoing through your brain,  ’You’re an adult now… now… now…’.

And a little part of you will die inside.

3. Going food shopping

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Remember when you were little and you went supermarket shopping with your mam or dad and you just thought it was the best thing ever? There was so much choice. So many delicious, sugary options.

They could buy whatever they wanted but inevitably would stick to a boring shopping list that had no fun things on it – like all the sweets you could ever eat or every biscuit in the shop.

And you couldn’t understand why they did that. Nor could you understand why they weren’t excited at the opportunity.

Now you can. Grocery shopping is the third circle of hell.

Welcome to adulthood.

4. Having a budget – and sticking to it

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If there was ever a word to strike terror into your heart, surely ‘budget’ is right up there?

Back in the day you had no conception of the word, and wasn’t life all the sweeter?

Now you have to make choices between paying some bills or having a little fun.

That’s not fun. That’s not fun at all. 

5. Exercising… for your health

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When you were little you would just leg it around for the sake of it – often because you were running away from whatever trouble you were probably in.

Now, you have to make a concerted effort to haul yourself to the gym – for your health. Because your health is something you think about now. And talk about. And worry over.

You might even take the odd vitamin tablet. Don’t get too carried away though.

6. Paying bills yourself

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Once upon a time, when you were very, very young, you thought the sound of the post hitting the mat was the most exciting sound in the world. No one wrote to you – and your folks got letters all the time. 

How cool was that?

Now you’ve entered adulthood the sound of post hitting the mat is the sound of dread – every single time. You understand your parents now, in ways you never thought you would.

You might even feel for them, on occasion. Just don’t let them know.

7. Making your own bed in the morning

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Now, this might be the ultimate sign of being an adult – voluntarily making your own bed.

Who would have thought back in day, amidst the battleground that was your teenage years, that one day you would realise that it is actually nicer to get into a made up bed rather than throwing yourself on top of a bundled up tangled mess of covers, like your parents always told you.

If only your mam could see you now – there’d be a whole lot of ‘I told you so…’

But there is an upside…

It’s not all doom, gloom and chores being an adult. Not at all – there are many perks. You get to make the major decisions now – like what to eat, and when to go to bed. Y’know, the important stuff.

And the best part? Now you’re an adult you get to look upon the youth of today with disdain, claiming that’s not how things were done ‘in your day’. And that almost makes up for it.


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Being an adult is all about making choices – some of them smarter than others. So when it comes to your bank account it makes sense to choose one that does more for you. Switching to Ulster Bank’s current account gives you unlimited transactions for just €4 a month, emergency cash from an Ulster Bank ATM if you lose your bank card,  and you can pay your contacts directly with the Mobile Banking app – all you need is their mobile number. Sorted. Find out more about switching to an Ulster Bank Current Account.

Important information

General Current Account: Additional charges may apply, e.g. ATM usage abroad. Please see our brochure ‘A Guide to Personal Accounts Fees and Interest’ at ulsterbank.ieOver 18s and Republic of Ireland residents only.

If you maintain a minimum cleared balance of €3,000 or more in your Ulster Bank Current Account during the fee period or are aged 60 or over you will not pay the monthly maintenance fee of €4. Terms and conditions apply. Annual Government Stamp Duty applies to debit card. ATM means Automated Teller Machine.

Emergency Cash: You can withdraw up to €60, and up to €300 if you are registered for online and telephone banking. You must have €25 in your Ulster Bank current account and money available to make a withdrawal. Contact 1800 245 399 to get Emergency Cash. Calls may be recorded.

Pay Your Contacts: You must be registered for Anytime Banking, have an Ulster Bank personal account & ROI mobile number. Payments must be made within daily withdrawal limit. App available for selected smart phones. Data charges may apply. See for more details.

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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