They say if you’re excited to grow up – then you’re growing up ‘right’; for the older we get, the more aware we become, and the more anxious we are to see what life has in store. Of course growing up means bills, and balance, and stress – but it also means freedom, and experience, and acceptance. If we can never be younger, we must aim to be better, and the only way to do that, is to start looking at the gain. I know I’ve missed many – MANY – good points. I’d love to hear your favorite thing about growing up. Let me know in the comments!
You may still shift your eyes as you wander the isles and fight your shake hands when you hand over your I.D, but you’re legal and allowed to buy alcohol. No more older siblings. No more watered down vodka. Just the ability to make your own, bad decision.
Suddenly you don’t care if you miss a party full of all too familiar faces. You don’t care if you’re spotted at the grocery store with sweatpants and a naked face. You don’t care what other people think. You know what makes you happy and that’s finally all that matters.
Gone are the days when you can’t eat dessert until you clear your plate of vegetables. Now you can eat cold pizza for breakfast and alternate between bites of salad and cake. You’ll learn the importance of eating healthy but you’ll also learn the thrill in knowing you don’t have too.
You can buy the shirt you’ve always had your eye on, or go to the beach with your friends without spending the hour prior, begging your parents for money. You have a wallet, money, credit cards and most importantly – control of how you use them. Of course you have bills to pay but there’s a way to do that, after you have fun.
You spent years asking your parents for a pet. Dragging stuffed animals on the ground and reciting the responsibility you know it would be. Just for your please to be ignored. Fortunately – if you live on your own (and have the time & money) – you’re free to open your home to a furry companion.
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Chores are inevitable but growing up means we must find a way to make them survivable. Laundry, vacuuming, organizing and dishes are all a little more fun when you have a glass of wine by your side.
Mornings no longer start with a glass of no-pulp organize juice. You can close your eyes. Take a deep break – and sip on a warm cup of coffee or tea. You finally understand how your parents and teachers once made mornings’ look so easy.
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Your body no longer wants to stay up until 3 a.m. and sleep until 3 p.m. Surprisingly, you’ll be amazed how much free time you have when you’re up hours before lunch. Whether it’s to run to the gym or lay lazy in front of the TV – don’t take your down time for granted.
Aside from missing out on back-to-school shopping and running into friends between class, there is far more gain than loss. Graduating High School and furthermore College means no more algebra, last minute study sessions or the pain that is group projects. You’ll face new problems, but there’s a whole different world when your time isn’t dictated by the school bell.
Your parents start to look different when they no longer lecture you about your curfew, grades or cleaning your room. In fact – you’ll want to tell them about your life, visit them when you’re bored and call just to hear their voice. You’ll finally understand the way unconditional love is something you can never replace.