Growing Up Late

6 comments | June 11th, 2012

(story submitted by FL, a Chestist)

I'm 26 and I'm refusing to grow-up.  I know, age is just a mind-set, yet all my friends are already settling down with "real jobs" and relationships.  Everyone seems in such a rush and almost burdened by the day by day.

I like uncertainty and being free.  I like chasing excitement and the thrill of not knowing what's coming next.  I like screaming outloud when I'm happy.  I like making ends meet but knowing I can leave at any time.  I have this one friend who says she thinks I'm running away from responsibility.  She's probably right I just like it this way.  {end story}

How old were you when you "grew up" (if you have)?  And what's growing up mean to you, any way?


  • pj

    Posted on June 11, 2012

    I think it’s great that you know yourself, what suits you at this moment, and you are having fun! You go!
    I went to college and then was a bartender for years. My dad asked why I didn’t hang my diploma behind the bar. :) Eventually I got a more serious job, but not until I was ready.

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  • Thanks, Ms. P

    Posted on June 12, 2012

    I had a 9th grade teacher who made it a point of talking about how personal growth is not linear, sharing that we should all seek to grow up, sideways, around, and even sometimes down. I have always appreciated that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on June 12, 2012

    When I was 14 or 15 I realized I was more mature than my parents. I don’t mean this in a condescending or typically adolescent way. It just was the case. It was a pretty startling realization at the time.

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  • Maria Thalen

    Posted on June 12, 2012

    FL, you may be running from something but so long as you’re enjoying the feel of the wind in your face keep on! There will always be plenty of time for responsibility.

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  • Lu

    Posted on June 14, 2012

    I’ve always struggled to find the balance between near term and long term. Do I live for now or plan for tomorrow? Do I embrace my adulthood or put it off for as long as I can? Decisions.

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