8 Reasons Why Being 19 Is Your Hardest Year

Adulting is hard. Its especially hard when youre thrown into it before youre even ready.

This is exactly what being 19 is like. Youre no longer a teenager safely under your parents wings. Youre thrown out of the nestand told to fly.

So, basically, a lot of 19 is falling and falling .

Weve all been there and can totally sympathize. It does get better, believe me.

But, up until your 20th birthday, let me be the first to say Im totally here for you, especially for these eight reasons why being 19 is the hardest year ever.

1. Youve Officially Taken The Leap Into Adulthood

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Eighteen is when youre told youre officially an adult, but you still have those training wheels on. Youre allowed to be a kid and make mistakes. Thats not entirely the case when youre 19.

Youve officially crossedthe borders of adulthood, and theres absolutely no turning back now.

2. You Have To Figure Out Your Life Plans

Youve been living a carefree life full of hopes and dreams, and then all of asudden, youre told you need a well-detailed plan for the rest of your life.

Give me a break! I still dont know what I even want to be when I grow up.

3. You Still Cant Drink Alcohol

Sure,youre #adulting, and you need to get all of your ducks in a row,but you still cant hit up the bar for a beer. For real though:Am I an adult, or am I a kid? Someone set the record straight here.

If youre being told youre an adult, its kind of a teaseyoure not able to enjoyall of the perks just yet.

4. YoureA TeenagerAnd An Adult

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Youre still technically a teenager. Teen is in the number,but youre also an adult in your actions. It gets hard to even define your own self.

In the wise words of Britney Spears, Im not a girl, not yet a woman.

5. If You Havent Already, Nows The Time To GetA Job

You could have been lucky and never had to find a part-time job in high school but now theres absolutely no excuse. You have to start making money.

Dont even get me started on how to fill out a W2.

6. Youre Not Fully Respected Like An Adult

You wish people would make up their mind, especially your parents.

You can be an adult, but you want to be respected like one. But then again, if you make a mistake, you still want to be considered a kid.

7. Youre Living Independently For The First Time

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Youre being forced to live independently for the first time, which for many means doing your ownlaundry, cooking real meals, and signing a lease without a credit history.

Some of these things you cant really be prepared for, but now its pop quiz time.

8. You Cant Go Out With Older Friends

Nineteen really is an awkward age to be. You feel like youre stuck in this purgatory.

Many of the friends youre able to hang out with on the weekends fall into the very small age range of 18-20. You cant go out with your older friendsbecause theyre going to bars. You just want to be included.

You may be at the hardest year youve ever had, but dont worry, because 19 doesnt last forever. It may seem endless for the time being, but youll eventually break free of this awkward middle ground of being a kid and an adult.

Youre not alone in your misery; just know everyone goes through it.

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