Do You Have Your Act Together? 18 Signs Your Life Is In Shambles

Sometimes in life, it can seem like no matter how hard you try, things just blow up in your face for no reason at all. It’s kind of unfair, but you’re not the only one this happens to. After all, we all have our own struggles in life, but we also need to be willing to reassess things to know when we’re playing a bigger part in our own misfortunes than we’d like to believe. Here are 20 signs you’ve got some soul-searching and life-fixing to do ASAP:

  1. Your money magically spends itself. It’s MAGIC, I tell you. You have no clue where all your money goes, but it’s never there when you need it. You’ve loosely attempted a “budget” but didn’t get further than setting $25 a week aside for your morning Starbucks run. Oops!
  2. When you tell others about your problems, they shrug and say, “Life’s a bitch.”M/strong> In other words, you’re beyond help.
  3. You’ve actually considered moving back in with your parents. The horror… But you’ve totally been thinking about it. You could probably deal with their nagging in exchange for  no rent, home-cooked meals, and the way your mom folds your laundry all neat.
  4. Sometimes things are so sad, they start being funny. Oh, you woke up an hour late for work for the third time this week? Let’s waste five more minutes laughing about that, all from the comfort of your own bed.
  5. You have things in your apartment that are worth more than your car. And they’re not even useful things. In fact, they’ve mostly just been sitting around collecting dust
  6. You’ve started making your own “furniture.” Because a cardboard box makes for a semi-sturdy desk, and Ikea is way too crowded on a Saturday to even try to go there.
  7. Whenever you visit your parents, you literally raid the fridge. And the cabinets… and the pantry. And then you leave with more food in your suitcase than actual clothes.
  8. You have shoes that you can’t wear when it rains. Because the struggle is real, and rain and snow boots just aren’t cute.
  9. You often have to decide between taking the bus or buying groceries. And when I say groceries, I mean bread. Just bread. Like, not even any butter or anything.
  10. You avoid entire neighborhoods. Because you might run into an old boss or coworker, since you’ve literally been employed by (and fired by) almost every restaurant and bar there. It’s a shame, too — one of them makes the best french fries ever.
  11. You have an on-again, off-again relationship. Because it’s easier to go back to a guy you’ve already dated 25 times than to actually have to make an effort to put yourself out there again.
  12. You’ve had to sell a possession just to make rent. And you may or may not have tried to buy said possession back the next time you got paid.
  13. Your friends have stopped being surprised by your life. Extra points if your friends still feign surprise, though. Those are some good friends.
  14. People keep trying to give you “presents.” Oh, socks? You need socks because all of yours have holes in them? Here, let me order you some from Amazon for your birthday, which isn’t for another five months.
  15. You don’t do laundry until you completely run out of clean clothes. And by that I mean you just go the last few days without underwear, because who cares anymore?
  16. ou’ve agreed to a date for the sole purpose of being fed. Hey, it’s really not that bad of a plan.
  17. You ration everything. Like you actually only eat half your meal just so you can have food tomorrow.
  18. You don’t know who the jerk is out of your group of friends, because it’s you. Well, damn.
Chelsey is a freelance writer in NYC. She's pretty normal by today's standards, or at least that's what her mother tells her.