Growing up in the '90s, we had plenty of media to influence our perceptions of adulthood: Movies, TV shows, music videos, and books all sent us messages of what our lives would be when we grew up. Of course, as adults, we've found that our '90s dreams of adulthood have all been cruelly shattered in pretty much every single way. Even if you imagined yourself as having a high-power career you loved, for example, you probably only had a vague idea of what having a job actually entailed, right? Too bad we weren't at all prepared for what the daily grind actually is. That's not to say that adulthood isn't awesome, of course — just that it's generally nowhere near as easy or comfortable as we imagined it would be.
Still, it can be fun to revisit the dreams we had about adulthood, if only to laugh at ourselves and give our parents some belated pity. It can also be enriching to think back on how our goals and desires have changed over the years, as well as fun to inspire ourselves to think about what we do want now and what we can do to make those changes happen for our actual adult selves.