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Growing up isn’t fun, which is why most adults do whatever it takes to prolong the process. Unfortunately, if you aren’t a fictional character, you will be expected to eventually act like an adult. A major part of being an adult, however, is acquiring more skills – kind of like advancing to another level in a video game.
Whatever you do, just don’t refer to it as that. In this case, that’s something you don’t do to convince people you’re well equipped and prepared for the adult world. So in order to let everyone know you have what it take to survive the real world, here are five things you should know how to do by the age of 18.
- Swim. Many animals are born with the ability to swim, but humans on the hand, aren’t. Some people never learn how to swim, which causes them to fear water. The human body contains about 60 percent of water, but on average, 10 people die every year in the U.S. from drowning. This means that only 56 percent of Americans can perform the five core swimming skills. In other words, 44 percent don’t know the basic water safety skills to prevent them from drowning.
- Get Familiar With Health Care Policies. Normally, when we hear the term “health care,” we automatically associate the word with different health care providers. The phrase, however, has a much deeper meaning than that. To clarify, the word health care involves the maintenance and improvement of someone’s physical and mental health. It just doesn’t include providers.
Although most adults don’t think of these things until it’s too late, understanding how different health care providers can affect your health is vital. For example, if you live a risky lifestyle, you might want to consider life insurance. Life insurance isn’t just senior citizens, it’s for everyone and helps cover expenses when insurance providers won’t.
- Balance a Checkbook. Managing your money is important to your economic well-being. Right? Well, in order to do this successfully, you must first start by controlling the flow of your funds through your account. With that being said, it’s not enough to simply check your balance online here and there to see where you stand. At the very least, you need to double check and verify all transactions pending in your account. Here are some reasons why balancing your checkbook is a vital task:
- Prevents overdraft fees
- Makes problem solving easier
- It can help with your budgeting
- The opportunity for fraud can be minimized
- It can help you with your future savings goal
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- Get Around Without a Phone. You know what happens when you turn off the GPS, trust your own sense of direction in order for you to get from one point to the next. To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time-to-time. In other words, take a mental snapshot every 10 minutes as you explore new territories. To find your way back, just simply reverse the images you’ve taken.
- Familiarize Yourself With Technology. Pretty soon, not knowing how to program will soon become synonymous to being illiterate. It doesn’t seem this way yet, but the day is some to come. If you don’t know how to navigate your way around the internet, conduct data recovery, or know how to program, you’ll soon be left behind in the technological advancement.
Another issue of basic technological literacy, is website content. Everyone should have a website– whether the sites for personal or business use. Understanding the fundamentals of website designing can benefit users and save money.
Thanks for the read. There are so many things adults have to endure and be prepared for. What are some vital things you believe every adult should know? I’ll be checking for comments.