It’ll turn out alright in the end, you’ll see.– Mrs. Potts, Beauty & the Beast
I think one of the most unique ways adults differ from young adults is their ability to make decisions. Adulthood decision making is focused on the future; while younger adults (Millennial’s & Generation Z’s) tend to make decisions with the fasted satisfaction turnaround. I am not saying ALL young adults need instant gratification; but it is a major part of the world we were born into…
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Looking back on the past few years of my life, I can name multiple instances when I made a decision based on my LONG-TERM GOALS! Now, I am not sure I even knew what my long-term goals were at the time of these decisions; but I knew that my current situation was not what I envisioned for my future. In the next two blog posts, I am going to share my recollection of my very first “adulting” decision with you, and then I will attempt to dissect it, in order to illustrate adult decision making.
Graduation 2015 – I am walking across the stage of Chabot Junior College’s Graduation Ceremony with my AS in Business Administration in hand. My family and friends were in the crowd cheering me on for all the hard work I put in for this moment. I had just spent three years obtaining this degree and I had NO IDEA what my next step would be.
A Few Weeks Later – I had made the decision to attend the University of Nevada Reno to receive my bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This decision felt easy! My sister was a junior at the University, and we were going to be roommates. It was going to be everything I wanted.
End of Summer 2015 – I spent the entire summer hanging out with family and friends! It was full of late-night shenanigans and meeting new people. I had just spent three years with my head in books, commuting to school 2 to 3 times per week, and working what felt like a full-time job in the retail industry. I CRAVED this freedom. I DESERVED this summer of fun. I WANTED every day to be like this summer.
A Few Weeks Later – By the time I needed to pack up my things for the 3-hour drive to my new life, I changed my mind. I didn’t want to be alone. I didn’t want to be far from my family and friends. I didn’t want to leave this amazing summer. I would find a college nearby, continue spending my days working retail and hanging out with friends. It was just college. It didn’t matter where I went… right?
Graduation 2017 – I am walking across the stage of the University of Nevada Reno’s Graduation Ceremony with my BS in Accounting in hand. My family and friends had made the 3-hour journey to sit in the crowd to cheer me on for all the hard work I put in for this moment. I had just spent two years obtaining this degree and all I could do was reminisce about the time I almost didn’t move to Reno, NV. I couldn’t believe that for a small amount of time, I almost gave up all the experiences and opportunities that were awaiting me.
- Check out Courtney E. Ackerman’s Blog post: What is Instant Gratification? A Definition + 16 Examples and Quotes for amazing illustrations on various ways young adults make impulsive life decisions because of our need for instant gratification!
- Take a moment to reminisce about the first “adult” decision you made. This decision is the first time you made a choice that was focused on your future self. It is the first time you made a decision that forced you to be patient.
- Share your stories below in the comment section – I would love to hear about your experiences!
Stay tuned for Part II – Decision Making; as I will break down my story for some much-needed clarification.