15 People On What They Thought Would Automatically Happen In Adulthood, But Didn't

In reality, it takes a lot more work to get there than they imagined.

Before we're served up the cold, hard truth about adulthood, our imaginations run wild with thoughts of what it'll be like. 

When you're younger, you don't quite understand that some things don't just come easily. Based on movies, TV shows, and many of the adults in our lives, it might seem like jobs, career paths, relationships, friendships, parenthood, money, health, and more just comes with the territory of getting older. 

But, of course, the reality isn't so simple as discovering your path in life takes a lot of searching and hard work. Most people don't just fall into the perfect relationship the moment they're looking for a significant other. Making friends and maintaining those friendships takes effort from both parties involved. 

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Curious to hear what others had to say on the subject, Reddit user TheSkankingZombie asked, "Adults of Reddit, what is something you assumed would just automatically happen as life went on but now you realize is actually a lot of work and often doesn't happen?

In just one day, the thread has received more than 3,000 responses. Reading through them showed us that we too thought a lot of things would be easier once we reached adulthood, but it also reminded us that working hard toward these things are what make them so rewarding once we get them. 

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