QOES: Making phone calls, going to the post office, and other challenges of adulting



For the most part, I feel like I am a fully functioning adult. I can hold down a job, I can pay my bills, I can update the registration on my car. I can do grown-up things.

But then there are those small things that just feel so daunting.

Like making a phone call.

I will go to great lengths to avoid a phone call. Throughout this entire home renovation my basic criteria for hiring service people was "do they have an email address?"But having to cold call a business?  It's JUST TOO HARD.  And don't get me started on the moms who send their phone number home with my kid to schedule a playdate. If it doesn't have a note that I can text them, it's probably not going to happen.

I mean, calling someone?  And then talking, or maybe leaving a message and then having someone call me?  The mere thought of it is just too overwhelming to bear.


(May I remind you that I am the person who kept two Netflix movies for nine months because I couldn't find the strength to call customer service and request a new red envelope).

Confession: I have turned down several jobs because they involved regular conference calls. I have decided that my conference call rate is ONE MILLION DOLLARS.. Anything less is just not worth it for me.

I have another adulting issue and recently discovered I'm not alone in this one either: going to the post office. Recently I went to a girl's weekend in Texas with some friends. These are powerhouse women who do Big Things: they write books and run NGO's and deliver babies. But it seems that all of us share something in common in that we just cannot get ourselves to the post office.

Here is my friend Jamie, who took a photo of herself leaving the post office like a bad-ass:



She recently told our group of girlfriends that she was going to have to go to the post office to mail in the contract for her book, and the rest of us were like, "Hmmm. Maybe you should just give up. That's too hard."

Such supportive friends. 

Anyways, I'm curious. What aspect of adulting do you find the most challenging? Anyone else have similar issues with the post office or making phone calls?

EDITED TO ADD: I'm dying. DYING. Because not even five minutes after posting this, I checked instagram and found this gem from Jamie.




We can do hard things, you guys.





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