What's the most terrifying thing about becoming an adult?
It's not that you have to find your own way in the world.
It's not the process of learning to navigate vast social, political, and economic structures around you.
It's not the difficulty of trying to decide who you will be, what you will do, and what really matters.
It's not the problem of balancing different aspects of your life.
It's not the acceptance that you are subject to forces you have no hope of controlling.
It's not coming to grips with the mistakes you've made.
The most terrifying thing about becoming an adult is looking back on your childhood, and realizing that your parents, just like you, were largely making it up as they went along.*