We've heard it before: "act your age, not your shoe size". And we are quickly reminded to retreat back into our adult demeanor. Certainly, toting a bottle is out of the question, but adults keep the silliest misconceptions about what it means to "act grown up". Despite their intuitions, their needs, and their interests, grown-ups can be seen forcibly trying to "dress the part", go where grown folks ideally go, and take on grown up interests to appear more "grown" at society's approval.
2. Money equates success.
With being an adult, responsibilities reach their height. Often times, these responsibilities involve finances, expenses, and bills. With this being true, it is understood why being more money-minded comes with being an adult. However, instead of equating a savvy financial lifestyle with successful money management, we tend to equate it with overall success.
As I entered the adult stages of life, I have witnessed myself and my peers stress out over what we think life is "supposed to" be like. As young adults progress through life, there is a tendency to believe that there is an example of a "perfect" and "in order" life that can allow us to measure our live's progress. Truth is, there isn't. We all walk different paths and serve very different purposes and therefore, our lives will differ from others.
4. Age Defines Wisdom.
I learned some time ago that some of the most simple lessons that we overlook can be taught by a person of any age. I've also learned that learning never stops. Wisdom is no gift that increases with age progression. Experience is the only thing that typically increases with age progression. Wisdom derives from perception and the ability to process the experience and react accordingly for one's own evolution and enlightenment.
5. Enjoyment Is Not a Priority.
"Those boring adults". I'm sure that's what the children think of us. Why? For some odd reason, we lock ourselves into a life void of enjoyment with the belief that it hinders our intelligence, professionalism, and productivity. We should consider enjoyment a priority in our lives. Life is truly for living, and can be a source of stress relief, enlightenment, and self-cultivation if we allow it to be.
With all of this being said, will you be coloring in your blanket fort later today or playing outdoors? Tell me about it in the comments section!
By: Saudia M.