When I was younger I ruminated a great deal on what Adulthood would be like. It seemed to me, in all my young wisdom, that Adulthood was less an ongoing process of maturation and more a destination. I was convinced that once I was all grown up my problems would fewer, simpler, and I would know how to handle them with flawless grace.
I was so right.
Ha! Are you nauseous yet? The truth is, I may not be kidding. Being a kid was very frustrating for me. I couldn’t control who I allowed in my life (my school was not chosen but rather appointed due to where my house was, and I didn’t have luxury of being selective about which family members I saw regularly), I didn’t have any smarter, wiser peers to discuss my problems with, and I didn’t yet have the ability to look past my problems and realize that, in the grand scope of things, they weren’t really that big a deal.
As an adult, though…the problems are different, the friendships are different, and life as a whole is a lot more manageable. To me, right now, at the ripe old age of 23, Adulthood is:
- Being able to turn off my cell phone, shut down my computer, and be invisible from everyone for as long as I want to.
- Having the ability to evaluate a problem in relation to all the other problems I’ve ever faced and overcome, thereby determining whether it’s really worth the fuss.
- Adopting a puppy, naming him, and training him to be ok with wearing his toys on his head.
- Working at a job that pays me enough to enable me to buy whatever I gosh darn want.
- Living with a man who makes me laugh, smile, dance, scream, shriek, cook, and relax.
- Eating cold leftover fried rice an hour before I’m supposed to make dinner because I’m hungry now, gosh dang it, and don’t want to cook while famished.
- Scheduling the payment of bills a month in advance so that, when I see them being withdrawn from our account in perfect synchronized order, I can smile and feel like a monetary puppetmaster.
- Setting the thermostat to whatever temperature I want and not having to get permission first.
- Feeling vaguely anxious about what the future holds, but knowing that as long as I have my husband at my side it will be fine.
Alright, now your turn. Adulthood is…