Understanding Life • Adulthood Promised Great Things

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“There is an incredible future to be made out of your past.”

Adulthood promised great things.

You grew up, willing to surrender the easy sense of comfort; for the confusing sense of freedom. But no one told you the truth about life.

How cold, bitter, and lonely it really can be.

Your childhood blanket that once doubled as a shield withers into threads. The house you grew up in acts as a home for a new family, making memories in place of yours. Your parents are a phone call away, but there’s no spot in their bed for you to crawl into. There’s no ice cream in the fridge – served with the promise to make everything better. There’s no teddy bears to hold your hugs, or cartoons to distract your tears.

But regardless of the cruel world that is adulthood – there is hope.

There is reassurance that people amongst us are wearing sincere smiles. Inspired by the innocence in life. There is love after love. There is life after loss.

There is an incredible future to be made out of your past.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • Adulting is like parenting, there’s no manual to this shit.

    • Ha! While I’m not a parent, I can find that completely believable. Such a “learn as we go” process.

  • I like your post. I’m reminded of the author William Blake’s philosophy we start with innocence, gain experience, and choose virtue to embrace life with awareness.

  • Thank you so much, Ruth. I’ll have to take a closer look at William Blake’s work, but I appreciate the comparison 🙂 Means a lot.

  • I enjoyed this post. I am also 57 so,am far from being Young and Twenty. S

    • Thanks, Sarah! It seems that age doesn’t have much to do with it. We can all relate to the same highs, lows, and experiences 🙂

  • Wonderful. I think we all have moments when you want to be a kid again – protected and cared for. And then you appreciate the fact that you can do that for yourself and others.

    • Thank you so much, Kristina! I actually love being an adult, and the independence that comes alongside it, but of course, childhood was once such a great time 🙂