I have to admit I never truly aspired to be a “grownup.” I remember wanting to be a teenager, because that looked fun and cool. Teenagers were cute, could drive and hang out, without the burden of mortgages or other major responsibilities.
As far as I could see, the best thing about true adulthood was being a parent. I did long for little people to love, feed, and care for – who would love me more than anything in the world.
And that is the one thing I truly treasured about being a “grownup.”
Despite the typical childhood perception that grownups have it great, most everything (good) about being an adult is basically a myth.
* Kids think once you’re a grownup, nobody can boss you around. WRONG. Even if you are older, there will always be someone with more money and/or more power who can (and will) tell you what to do. And believe me, it’s stuff a lot tougher and more annoying than just being told to make up your bed and put your socks in the dirty clothes hamper.
* You can “spoil your dinner ” by drinking sodas and eating candy all the time.
That is true – except, you no longer want sodas and candy all the time. Frankly, the green beans and cornbread are more appealing.
* You don’t have to go to school, or anywhere you don’t want to go.
WRONG. You should always be learning (and that’s a good thing). But, you will spend most of your life going places you do not want to go – be it an unpleasant office job, dreaded business trip, funeral of a friend – you will always be getting up and going somewhere you would rather NOT go.
* Finally, grownups never have a broken heart.
WRONG. Even old hearts can be broken – the pain is deeper, and lasts longer.
Now, for the proverbial “call to action:”
If you liked this piece, please click “Like,” leave a comment, “Follow” my blog, better yet, share the link with friends, family, or colleagues you think would enjoy it. It’s the only way a writer can gather an audience.
Thanks very much!