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Growing up is scary. But what if the things that scare you most aren't even true and you've been afraid for no reason? Let's bust 5 of the most horrifying myths about adulthood that you probably still believe!

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*intro music*
Hello and welcome to the season of scares, the time of terror, the era of *scream sound effect* ... That's right! Welcome to adulthood.

Now, full-fledged grown-up that you are, you've probably stopped believing the old urban myths about murder dudes with hook hands... 
*scream sound effect*

But there are still a number of horrifying myths about adulthood out there. So, grab your plastic pumpkin bucket, 'cause we're about to get some treats. Let's bust some terrifying adulthood myths.

 Myth #1

Myth number one: if you choose to become an organ donor, doctors don't do the same work to save your life or, they might declare you dead before it's appropriate.

Luckily, this is 100% bunk. In fact, if anything, the opposite is true. According to the DMV, the organ donors are given more tests to determine an official death than those who have not elected to become organ donors, so... if that's your concern... maybe you wanna check that box at the DMV. Advice.

*small crash*
H-Oh! My god!

Whispers: I don't know if you saw, but my light is for sure haunted; it just almost fell.

*dramatic sound effect*

 Myth #2

Myth two: I'm trapped! I made a decision to study something or move somewhere or be with somebody, and now my life is set in stone that is in a quicksand pit filled with electrified crocodiles with shark fins!

Don't get me wrong, I wanna see that too, but... your life isn't set in stone by a decision in the past. Your life is set every day. You can change career paths, go back to school, move... options await.

You're only as set in stone as you decide to be. As Dr. Emmett Brown put it, "The future isn't written, it's what you make it--so make it a good one."

P.S. I got to sit in a DeLorean recently. Check it out. Totally sweet. It was amazing. Did I cry a little? No. Because I cried a lot. Later. Because I was watching Back To the Future. Let it go, Mike.

 Myth #3

Myth number three: I'm gonna die a failure because I haven't done such-and-such and so-and-so!

Western culture often tends to equate success with having a certain job, income, or lifestyle, and honestly, a lot of our economy depends on you believing that you're not enough as you are. But real success isn't based on money, it's based on many things. Perhaps most importantly on how kind you are to people, including yourself.

Be kind, guys, it's the adult thing to do.

 Myth #4

Myth number four: Money and taxes are gonna murder my FACE! No! *slow-mo* Noooooo! I promise taxes and budgeting are not that hard, certainly not as hard as they appear.

And also, P.S., you can pay some people a very reasonable sum to take care of some of that for you. And, for free, if you would like, you can check out our videos for more information.

 Myth #5

Myth number five: I'm the fake pod-person adult from planet blah, watching this video while they all skip along sunset beaches with wind in their hair and muscles on their muscles! There's no denying, imposter syndrome is a powerful thing, and it's amplified by Facebook and Instagram.

But remember, you should never compare somebody else's edited outer life to your own inner experience. Almost everyone has insecurities outside of their social media profiles, and I'll let you in on a little secret: if they don't have any insecurities, they're the really scary ones, so go, like, back away. Back away.


And that is all we've got for you today. If you guys have any adulthood myths that you would like us to bust in a future video, please let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you! In the meantime...

Knock, knock, knock. Mr. Martin...

*door creaking open* Yes, kids?

Trick or treat.

Droppin' the catchphrase.

What? This isn't wrapped in plastic, my mom said you're poison!

Get outta here, kids. Don't blame me, blame the kids. I gave it to them, and they thought it was poison. No it's not, it's...medicine for a troubled world. Happy Halloween!