The real world I think is supposed to give you a run for your money. That’s just normal. I’m about to get all cliché on you for a minute: no one said life was easy. It’s really true though. College life is limbo. You have responsibilities, but not really. Solely, your job is to go to class and make sure you graduate, all while having the best time ever (read: raging your face off) if that’s how you roll. I definitely did that. Sure, I had responsible moments. I made awesome grades, I interned a lot, and I worked several jobs. I was extraordinarily busy unlike some of my peers, but nothing quite prepared me for life as it really is.
Don’t get me wrong. Real (almost) adult life is a lot of fun. I love that I don’t have to study anymore or do homework. I love that I get to read a book that isn’t required for class. I love that I can do whatever I want and not have to answer to anyone. It’s pretty great. But I’ve learned that life is a lot like building Ikea furniture. Let me first explain the adventure of Ikea couch-building that Alex and I had this weekend.
So the couch was to arrive between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday, and they were supposed to call beforehand to let us know they were on the way. Well, we went out hard on Friday night. The delivery guys didn’t call. They showed up at 10 am. Our buzzer went off something to the likeness of how I imagine the stampede in The Lion King to sound. They left us four massive boxes in the hallway, and we trotted off to brunch to fuel up. I think we were still a little drunk when we started.
First we decided to build a smaller project to get in building mode, so we built a cart for our kitchen that is super cute and has a wine rack. Naturally, we had to get it. That was successful, and we were ready for the couch. I promptly used scissors to open the Ikea boxes that specified not to use sharp objects when opening them. Oops. We decided to be smart and lay out all of the pieces and organize the screws and tools. Check, and check. It wasn’t so bad, actually. But we did a couple of things wrong, like used the wrong screws on a few sections so we had to step back and redo it. We got there eventually, and now I’m sitting on our awesome couch (my couch pulls out, but I don’t) writing to you cupcakes. No but really, our couch pulls out into a bed so if any of our friends need a place to sleep it’s all yours.
This whole adventure got me thinking all deep and stuff. When things go wrong, you can take a step back and look at your mistakes and figure out how to fix it. Sometimes it might take a little while to get it right, but you’ll get there. There might just be a metaphorical screw loose or a part might be on the wrong way, you just haven’t figured it out yet. But when you do realize what it is, you can fix it and sit on your sturdy couch of life and feel accomplished.
And when in doubt, tackle life with a buddy like Ikea suggests.
Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now working for an awesome company in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!