Believe it or not, even the people around you that appear to have it all together still struggle with being an adult, hence the term ‘adulting,’ a phrase used to describe something that you’ve done that’s grown up even if you don’t feel like one and it’s more common than you think. Adulthood isn’t always as simple as holding down a job and paying bills, true adulting is booking your own appointment to the dentist or making sure you do the right thing – whether it’s putting down the pizza or trying to drink more.
These are the sort of small triumphs and revelations that designer and illustrator Cristina Vanko celebrates in her brilliant ongoing series over on Instagram called #100daysofadulting in which she illustrates relatable situations that are a true mark of adulthood.
Each of them begins with the brilliant phrase, “You know you’re an adult when…” and then goes on to describe pretty much any situation, from the relief of people cancelling plans to worrying about your plants whilst you stay away from home – you know, the important stuff. In addition to her Instagram series Vanko has also created a Journal titled Adult-ish which is a fun way for you to document all your most defining moments whilst growing up.