Saturday, January 8, 2011

End of a decade, start of an age

Todays is a tale of growing up.

We've all been there.  We know how it goes.  It's this inevitable part of life that you just can't shake.

I don't know about you guys, but growing up scares the pants off of me. 
I'm pretty good at being a kid.  I'd even go so far to say that I'm a professional kid.  It's all I've ever known.  I don't know if I'll ever get the hang of doing the "adult" thing. 

If my mom leaves me at home alone for too long, my diet consists of eating dry coco puffs and drinking milk out of the carton.  I don't think adults are allowed to do that..

Some people, in their lives, have been forced to grow up.  Whether they liked it or not.  A situation arose when they had to man(or woman) up and face it.  I've always admired those people.  I've looked at them and marveled at how strong they seemed to be. No matter what happened, they didn't flinch.  It's like they were saying, "Come on, throw something my way.  I've had worse." 

While I admired those individuals, I never wished it apon myself.  Or even my worst enemy.  I've never been forced to grow up.

My dad has always told me.  "Remember, I've been fifteen, but you've never been 54." 
I found it annoying when I was a child, but now that I'm a little bit older I appreciate it.  Even though he didn't mean for it to be, or maybe he did, it was kind of an invitation to ask for advice.

The dreams that I've had since I was a little thing, are no longer dreams.  They are presently becoming a reality. 
I literally thought this day would never come.  I've fantasized for so long how it would feel to dance in front of thousands of people at a college football game, or to even step onto a college campus.  Or to live on my own. 
And while this isn't the definition of growing up I described a few paragraphs ago, it's what growing up is to me. 

..and this is where you come in.  Some of you are grown, and some of you are at the same stage as me. 

Tell me how you feel, or felt, about growing up.  Tell me how it came apon you, how you handled it. 
For those of you who are grown, please reassure me and tell me that you are still growing up. 

Just give me some feedback.  Let me know what's on your mind.


"To you, everything's funny. You've got nothing to regret. I'd give all I have, honey, if you could stay like that. Ohh darling don't you ever grow up,don't you ever grow up. Just stay this little...Just stay this simple."

--Taylor Swift-Never Grow Up


lyndylou said...

Like you, growing up for me was very scary but once I got used to being in the big wide world on my own, it wasn't as bad as my imagination made it out to be!

I did have to grow up fast, had a lot of tough times, still do but I am still in touch with my inner child and I think that is the key to having the best out of life. You deal with the tough stuff and the everyday grind but you still have a childlike love of all things new, silly and still not afraid to behave like a 5 yr old!!!

Symdaddy said...

Growing up isn't hard ... it's only a matter of size, after all.

But becoming an adult isn't just a case of becoming bigger ... adulthood is all about attitude.

If you have the right one, then you've got it made.

No one can prepare properly for it and most of the advice you are given will come after a "when I was your age ..." speech.

Just go with the flow and learn from your own experiences but don't be afraid to ask questions when you face problems.

The only mistake you can make whilst traversing the gulf between kiddie-hood and wrinkly-hood is that of thinking you 'know it all', which is a common teenage problem!

This probably hasn't helped you, but it gave me something to do whilst my coffee cooled.

Bouncin' Barb said...

I grew up way before my time. I've lived a good life but not without very sad or debilitating times. I wouldn't change it for the world. BUT, we still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings (Bruce and I), we eat cocoa puffs and honey smacks, we sing silly songs. So basically, while you have to grow up, you can still be a great kid! Hugs.

ShockAndAwe said...

Well said, well said. I think that leaving off for college has put a little more responsibility on myself, but not enough to make me a complete adult. I love living like a kid or a teenager. We have less to worry about, and our lives are much, much more simpler. My new years resolution is actually to lead a simpler life, with less stress and less worry. Though a college student, I plan to still be a kid at heart. I love your blog, its refreshing to read another persons thoughts about life :3