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Adulting! (Not adultery) - helen-louise
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Adulting! (Not adultery)
Today I have been ADULTING like a PRO. I called the Student Loans Company about the threatening letter which they sent me. To be fair, I have an income-contingent student loan, and they received information from the Inland Revenue to say that I was no longer employed, so they wanted to know where I got my income from, on the basis that I might be secretly earning a small fortune and secreting it away somewhere.

I still have to fill in the damned form, but at least they know that I called them and I'm not trying to avoid paying back the loan.

I also called EDF Energy to get moved onto a fixed-rate tariff that will cost £76 per month instead of the variable-rate tariff which costs £100 per month which we have been on because I didn't have the spoons to deal with it before. Now I am drenched in sweat and I don't think it's only because of the weather.

Why is adulting so exhausting? I mean, neurotypical non-depressed people manage it all the time.

Alexa thinks it's because of tuits/spoons. Adulting uses lots, and they have more of them. I think that explains how they're able to do it more easily, but it doesn't explain why it should take so many bleedin' spoons to do pretty straightforward tasks. I mean, it shouldn't be that difficult to either call or go through the website to change your energy tariff, when you're already being a lazy git and staying with the same energy company because you don't have the energy to start looking around for better deals. But apparently it is? (Actually, I did forget you could do it through the website. That would have made it a lot easier.)

I also still have to deal with Student Finance England and my university, but this also requires dealing with my doctor. I need proof that I've been too sick to be studying for the past year as well as proof that I am now recovered enough to go back. It's a bit too much considering I've been revoltingly ill with bronchitis for the past couple of weeks. I have recovered enough to only need double my usual asthma meds, rather than 6-8 times my usual dose plus oral steroids. But I've only been out of the house 5 times since 14th June, and two of those were doctor's appointments.

Blargh blargh blargh. So much ill. So little energy.

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mjl From: mjl Date: 22nd July 2016 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
Well, some neurotypical non-depressed people do it some of the time. To take that example, energy companies are "overcharging" people by over a billion pounds a year, and I'm sure that's not all lack of awareness - it's because people can't or won't make the effort to sort it out. And it's not really in the companies' interests to make it easier than they have to.
the_siobhan From: the_siobhan Date: 22nd July 2016 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
I always assume it's because I'm an introvert and talking to people takes a lot out of me.

I also think that for me adulting involves so many little tasks - and so many that are never actually finished, they have to be done over and over again. It's what leads to me complaining about being nibbled to death by ducks.
calico_pye From: calico_pye Date: 22nd July 2016 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
I am a mature student doing an English BA. I am dreading the Student Loans company stuff - i have to reapply for my final year and worry about it all the time.
kshandra From: kshandra Date: 22nd July 2016 18:07 (UTC) (Link)
can you buy lungs on ebay

gridlore is picturing the negative feedback on sellers... (He'd probably still buy a pair, even so.)
lilairen From: lilairen Date: 23rd July 2016 02:30 (UTC) (Link)
My quick and dirty answers to "Why is adulting so hard" are:

1) it generally involves dealing with people and people are hard
2) the stakes are actually high, which applies a spoon surcharge to everything
barakta From: barakta Date: 24th July 2016 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
This!

I think some things that neuroatypical or spoonie types find hard are hard cos for impairment related reasons some things are more difficult than others - even more we consider that we have fewer spoons and waaay more bullshit to spend our spoons on for disability nonsense.
barakta From: barakta Date: 24th July 2016 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Sending you some love and hope that your lungs improve and that your health stays as good as possible!
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