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You know what? I’d rather be a grownup

You often hear grumbles about how much simpler life was when we were younger – before we had bills to pay and jobs that meant we HAD to get up in the mornings. Before we had to deal with flatmates and house hunting and property agents and recruitment agents and car dealers and insurance and supermarkets.

But you know what? I like being a grownup.

Yeah, there were good things about adolescence. But I hated my body and how I looked. I was not comfortable in my own skin. I wore too much makeup, badly. I was pining after boys who didn’t give me a second look, and being pined after by boys I wouldn’t give a second look or creeped me out (and by others who never let on, who I now count among my best friends). Yeah, I had some freaking awesome times with friends, but I also had a lot of clashes at home. I wanted to live a life that wasn’t mine, but that quite frankly, wouldn’t have suited me anyway.

Adulthood isn’t easy by any means, but IMO, it is infinitely preferable.

I’ve always been an old soul, and so independence suits me perfectly. I have a job I love, a fiance I love, a life I generally love. I don’t have to answer to anyone, as long as I do my job, pay my taxes, don’t speed, don’t trash my house, etc etc.

Today, I am 24. It sounds strange to say. But I am now well and truly in my mid-twenties.

Do you ever long for the halcyon days of childhood? Or were you eager to grow up?

12 thoughts on “You know what? I’d rather be a grownup

  • Reply Sense July 7, 2012 at 00:00

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 🙂 Hope Sydney is treating you well. Have a great time!

  • Reply addvodka July 7, 2012 at 03:37

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY E!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also love being an adult. I love having kids, a house, a great career, and a wedding to look forward to (instead of the movies with a guy or high school graduation). I love being able to make my own decisions and being a strong willed person!

  • Reply lkrant July 7, 2012 at 04:56

    Happy Birthday! I do not long for any particular time, but I do hope to have more time. I am planning on another 30 years, but that is not guaranteed.

  • Reply The Asian Pear July 7, 2012 at 07:06

    Happy Birthday!

    Heh. I used to hate it when people say this to me but it’s so true… So I’m gonna say this to you, “WAH! 24?! You’re SO young!” 😉

    When I was young, I wanted to be older. When I was older, I wanted to be young.
    Now, I’m starting to appreciate who I am now at the age I am now.

    Do the same. Twenty-four can be old and can be young depending who you ask. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Enjoy today as it. Now, I’m gonna shuffle back to my porch and sit on my rocking chair while I yell at those pesky kids to get off my lawn. 😉

  • Reply Caitlin July 7, 2012 at 07:14

    Happy birthday! I hope you realize, you are so much more mature than most folks your age. I think a lot of stuff you mentioned from your adolescents I still was struggling through in my early/mid 20s…

  • Reply oilandgarlic July 7, 2012 at 11:18

    I do miss my late 20s/early 30s. It was the best of both worlds — youthful yet with all the benefits of adulthood.

  • Reply Mo' Money Mo' Houses (@momoneymohouses) July 7, 2012 at 10:26

    Happy birthday! I totally agree that I much prefer being an adult to a kid or teenager. Sure there’s lots of crap and responsibilities that come with adulthood but I’d never ever want to go back in time to highschool again!

  • Reply Leigh July 7, 2012 at 11:56

    Happy Birthday! I was definitely always looking forward to being a grown-up.

    I’m calling 24 still early twenties, not mid twenties though 😉

  • Reply Funny about Money July 8, 2012 at 06:02

    Happy birthday to you…only another year and you’ll be a quarter of a century old: ready to enter Old Bat-hood! 😉

    Childhood was the worst time of my life. Especially between the second and sixth grades: four years of misery. Once we came back to the States and I was put into a school where no one knew me, things got better.

    One of the reasons I delayed having a baby until it was almost too late was that truly, I didn’t want to put another human being through something like that. To this day, I can’t bear to go into an elementary school classroom — the characteristic odor gives me the willies.

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  • Reply belowhermeans July 8, 2012 at 08:58

    Happy birthday! I’m glad to be closer to thirty than twenty now. I’m more sure of myself and mentally centered.

  • Reply insomniaclabrat July 8, 2012 at 14:01

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ve always been a bit of an old soul, too. And I prefer adulthood to childhood, even if it’s really stressful sometimes, because I like to be independent and handle my own responsibilities.

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