Thoughts on Adulthood

Today was a good day.  I drove out to Addison to meet a friend for lunch and on the way, I saw a train!  I’m not sure if 26 year old women are still supposed to get excited about seeing trains, but I love them! ImageImageImage

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Seeing the train kind of got me thinking about what it means to be an adult.  I grew up thinking, “Okay… once I reach a certain age or cross a certain line, then I will be an adult.”  I believed that being an adult was something that would just eventually happen.  One day, I’d wake up and I’d prefer documentaries to Disney.  I’d stop geeking out over passing trains.  I’d stop secretly pretending to be a super hero while I work out.  I’d enjoy things like going out to bars and clubs more than I enjoy sitting at home with a book.  I’d start to appreciate the value of things like taxes and mortgages and new refrigerators.  I’d prefer heels and cute flats to bare feet and flip flops.

None of that has happened yet.  And you know, frankly, I’m not sure I want it to happen.  I like who I am.  And that doesn’t make me any less of an adult.  I know plenty of adults who love Disney and who prefer comfort to style and who don’t know the first things about taxes.  Life itself is a learning process.  We don’t reach a point where we’re full grown and suddenly we’ve got everything figured out, and I don’t think we’re meant to.  How boring would that be, to have all the answers all the time?

So, I will continue to go about my life, delighting over trains, marathoning Disney movies, and saving the world from my elliptical.

Oh, and building extravagant blanket forts for my cat.

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Carry on, friends.

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20 thoughts on “Thoughts on Adulthood

  1. As a 26 year old male, I can relate. I absolutely love trains. I visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and they had a scale model of the city with the L Train and the industrial trains that run through the city and to parts beyond and…I stared in awe at it for hours.

    But, you know, I’m not a good example of maturity. I still build legoes.

    • That’s so cool!!! I went to a mall this past Christmas and they had an entire store full of model trains, but you had to pay like, $15 bucks to get in and considering it was the mall… at Christmas time… I didn’t have that.

      And yeah, I totally understand. I totally went to see The Little Mermaid the Musical last weekend. And cried.

  2. I wouldn’t worry that you’re 26 and you like Disney, I’m 35 and I LOVE Hello Kitty! I’m always getting laughed at at work because they know I have Hello Kitty bedding. She’s just too uber-cute to ignore. The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film (closely followed by Beauty And The Beast, mainly for the song Be Our Guest), and I love Sebastian the crab. Under The Sea is one of those songs that just makes you want to smile as soon as it starts 🙂

      • Haha, showing your age there! I used to have a boombox that played cassettes. My nephews are 8 and 14 and I don’t think they know what cassettes are! :S

      • Noooo!!! My little brother waas born in 1992 and I was born in 1978, so imagine the fun I had trying to chat about the 80s with him… I felt like I was his grandma! They told us in work today that the world wide web is 25 years old this week. We have team members younger than that! :S

      • I’m 1988 and my sister is 1994, but we also have sisters from the 60s and 70s from our dad’s first marriage, so we’re technically the “babies.” But even the seven years between my sister and me is enough to make me feel ancient!

      • It’s strange isn’t it how a year or two years can really make a difference when it comes to nostalgia. Michael is 3 years younger than me and sometimes things he watched on TV were too old for me, or things I watched were too young for him.

      • That’s funny! I remember one day in elementary school, I came home singing “Golden Years” by David Bowie and both my parents were like, “Are you singing what we think you’re singing?!” It was pretty funny.

      • Strangely enough we are currently listening to “Life On Mars” by David Bowie, so that’s a bit spooky! My little brother used to practise on his guitar constantly to the beginning bit of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘N’ Roses, then acted all surprised when I recognised it. I was like, “I was listening to ‘Appetite for Destruction’ when I was 12….” lol

      • Oh my goodness, that is strange!!! My parents were also surprised and very amused once when we were in the car and “Come Sail Away” by Styx started playing and I knew every word! Classics, I tell you! 🙂

      • “They don’t make ’em like they used to…” If I had £1 for every time I’ve said that, I’d be rich! I love the 80s, they were my favourite era. I must admit that I only really know “Babe” by Styx. I’ll have to look “Come Sail Away” up online 🙂

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