This is a belated weekend post. I was busy all weekend, which actually inspired today’s topic. On Saturday I attended a wedding of two friends from high school. Sunday I helped someone move from home. This week I’m packing up to go back to college. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about growing up. And I’ve come to a conclusion.
Growing up isn’t the nice, slow process people lead you to believe. It sneaks up on you and then beats you over the head with responsibility.
I know that sounds bitter. But watching people I’ve known for most or all of my life go out and get married or move away made me realize that I am an adult. I’m nearly 21, which is considered an adult by most standards. But I don’t feel like an adult. I like being at home, where my parents take care of me. I like being at school, where I just need to attend classes and do school work, not worry about bills (aside from tuition) or other adult things. Thinking about the future is just weird.
I don’t know when people begin to feel like adults, or if they really ever feel comfortable with so much responsibility. But it’s something that everyone seems to struggle with at some point or other.
I know this is kind of depressing, but it’s what’s on my mind. What’s your best advice for ‘growing up’?
Until next time fellow wonderers!
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Remember being a freshman in high school and how everything seemed so overwhelming? But then a few years later as a senior, you kind of rolled your eyes when you heard freshmen panicking about things that – in hindsight – seemed so small? I think growing up works very similarly to that. I do things now on a regular basis that would have seemed huge and/or terrifying just a few years ago!
Don’t think too long and hard about all the seemingly daunting things you’ll be doing in a few years. Focus on where you are right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. And know that you are very smart and very loved; you will be prepared to handle most of those things when they come along and you are surrounded by support for the days when you feel less than capable.
The Lord knows your needs… and not only the material, tangible ones. He will see to it that you can face each challenge, obstacle, opportunity, and responsibility that comes your way.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” (or “Where will I work?”/”How will I pay the bills?”/”Whom will I marry?” etc.)… For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seem first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”