As a kid, the thought of becoming an adult seemed like it would be more of a… transformation. Like, one day I would wake up as an adult and just know everything an adult is supposed to know. Oh, and that I would be a lawyer who was happily married, have kids and I always imagined myself to be a few inches taller than I currently am.
However, becoming an adult is nothing like that at all.
First things first, the transition into adulthood is just that – a transition. There’s no wrapping up in a cocoon for a few months or years then breaking out as a full-fledged adult. There are just changes we go through each year that brings out more mature (well, sometimes) and before we even realize it, we’re adults. Looking back it’s always a shock to realize that this or that happened ‘x’ many years ago.
(As in, I graduated high school 6 years ago… what? How is that even possible?)
Since there was no magical transformation into adulthood, I can honestly say that I don’t feel too much different than I did at the end of high school (other than having bills to pay each month). I’m still very imaginative and creative and I still have my best friend from high school in my life, and I’m thankful for each of these. But I know the reason that there has not been a huge difference is because I am still living at home with my mom as I’ve been in college for the past 5 1/2 years.
There’s also the fact I’m not married and have no children, but I’m actually grateful for that at this point in my life.
Kids always say that they cannot wait to grow up so that they’ll have all this freedom, but then they become adults and just want to be kids again. It’s funny how that works out. The one thing I know for sure is that when I have my own children, I’ll be sure to tell them to enjoy their childhood while they can.
So, becoming an adult is nothing like I had imagined as a kid.
I guess the way to put it is that I’m still just getting the hang of adulthood.
Then again, aren’t we all?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Adult Visions.”