I saw a post today over at The Student Writer’s Mind that got me to thinking. I commented on that blog post as well, (A Mental Snack) but added the thoughts here since it was a fun and interesting topic to consider. Went off on a tangent a little, but hopefully no one minds… tangents happen.
Why Don’t You Just Grow Up?
When you’re young you think of growing up as this destination you travel to. One day, all of the sudden, there you’ll be, grown up.
It’s not like that at all. You spend your whole life ‘growing up’. Sometimes that means taking steps forward and sometimes it means taking steps back. It almost always means taking on new responsibilities, at least if you’re doing it right, and it always involves change.
Ten years ago my 40+ uncle looked at me and said, “You know, sometimes when I look in the mirror I wonder what the heck happened, because I still feel like the exact same me I did at 17.” I don’t doubt he would say the same thing today. Given the extra ten years to reflect on his statement, I can vouch for its truth. I feel like the same me I was at 15. In some ways I even wonder why I don’t have it as ‘together’ in certain areas now as I did then. Then there are other ways in which I know that I’ve grown and matured and changed through those years. I’ve gotten serious and I’ve loosened up. I fluctuate.
The point is, no matter how we look or are perceived, we, inside remain the same person we always were. We start out growing. We change and grow throughout our lives. When it’s time to leave we’ll have learned a lot, we won’t know everything and we’ll still be growing and changing.
When am I a kid again?
Every time that little voice in my head tells me that I’ll never know unless I try.
And then I listen to it.