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Adulting According to Alex

January 12, 2017

 

January's Monthly Musing is brought to you by my beautiful and funny daughter, Alexandria (in the picture at, then and now).  She celebrated her twenty-fourth birthday on January 4 and reflected on her "many" years of being an adult.

 

I remember when I was younger and I couldn't wait to be an adult. Here I am in my now mid 20s and I realize how very little young Alex knew. My childhood was a time to be alive. I finally grew up to realize not only is adulting awful, but I'm not very good at it most days. Even though it's not all sunshine and pixie dust, I have to say that there are things I can definitely appreciate about being an almost functioning adult.

 

One of my top favorite things about adulthood, eating desserts first. My favorite guilty pleasure. As a kid I envied my mom eating her brownie sundae before she actually ate her dinner while I had to suffer through dinner first. I'll even add eating ice cream for breakfast to this one.

 

Being in grown folk’s business is up there on my list. As a kid I worked really hard to be neither seen nor heard so I could sneak some gossip at the holidays.  Eventually the gossip got too good and I had to comment and I got hit with the classic line, “Stay out of grown folk’s business.” Then I was sent in to do dishes. My time has come now. I am grown folks; inner child rejoice!

 

Celebrating my birthday for as long as I want is something I look forward to now that I’m an adult. My mom taught me this one. Why should you limit your awesomeness to just one day? Why not a week? A month? You're grown! I am currently 3 days post birthday celebration and I plan on milking it as long as allowed. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself.

 

Getting to use “cause I'm grown and I can” for everything is something I've been waiting to bust out for a little while now. You better believe that I use it every opportunity I get. I have really only dipped my toe into the pool of adulthood but don't think that has made me question my grown status. It's such a perfect eloquent way to shut down any farther conversation. It's beautiful really.

 

I really hate being an adult for the most part. It's nice to know that on my worst days ice cream makes a good dinner choice and nobody can tell me otherwise.

 

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