A big part of what scares people about getting older is the greater amount of responsibility they end up shouldering. I mean, before a certain point…

A big part of what scares people about getting older is the greater amount of responsibility they end up shouldering. I mean, before a certain point in life, bills, taxes, the idea of a job, and planning for your future career were probably not major concerns. What do these ridiculous amount of forms for taxes mean? Then thinking about what classes you’re going to throw together to make a schedule for college? How are you even going to pay for college? FAFSA? What? I understand that all this is overwhelming — although I’ve been doing all this for two years, I’m still not really used to it. But I would like to blame that on my own inability to just suck it up and ask around for advice. Go to an advisor– that’s kind of what they’re paid to do: tell you your options. Or if you’re feeling a bit shy in office settings, tons of people have went through this before you; grab some upperclassmen and ask. You’ll come to learn that as you grow older, you’ll have to become more integrated into society and end up having to talk to people a lot more than as a child about… well, more serious matters. Personally, I had a hard time overcoming that, but I’m getting along and started to ask more questions. It’s made life much easier than trying to solve everything yourself. Trust me.
– Vivian