Monday, January 24, 2011
I Can't Wait To Grow Up...
On Friday, a second grader told me that he couldn't wait to be an adult. My reply was the typical response of most adults. "Oh you don't want to grow up too fast. You'll miss out on so much! You'll have to get a job and have all kinds of responsibilities. Enjoy being a kid while you can." I remember those days myself. Of course there were many reasons I couldn't wait to grow up and get out of the house.
Dealing with the bittersweetness of my own children growing at warp speed and moving into my 30's in recent years brings forth a lot of thoughts & feelings regarding age. As kids we can't wait to grow up, but when we become adults, we don't want to grow old.
What is seen in the future that is so shiny and beautiful that we would wish childhood to be rushed? The mysterious "freedom" that we assume will be acquired when we reach that magical age of 18? Is it being taller (or in some cases not so much) or maybe the excitement of eventually driving a car?
Why do we fear or avoid growing older? Is it just the gray hair, wrinkles, and body changes that make us wish we could freeze time? Could it be the fact that we just feel older as our children grow? Are we affected by the goals left unaccomplished and worry that we won't ever achieve them?
Take a deep breath. Look around you and take note of where you have been and where you are in life. Think of all the people who have affected you and the ones you have affected. What makes you happy? What makes you lucky? Take a look in the mirror. Do you see those eyes looking back at you? What have they seen so far in this life? What have they yet to see? What happened in your years to give those eyes depth and sparkle? Smile and appreciate how much you have grown as a person and how much you have yet to grow. Life is too short to worry about rushing it or slowing it down. Take the time to enjoy the moment you are in.
Did you wish your childhood would rush by so you could be a grown up? Do you feel apprehension about growing older? Do you feel content at where you are in life?