Mastering The Task of Aging
When I was young, I remember asking my Mom what it was like being an adult. She kneeled down to my height and she said, "Mikaela, stay young as you possibly can. It's no fun being an adult." I questioned her meaning because I wanted to be an adult.
"Who wouldn't want to be?" I asked myself. Adults get to make their own decisions, they don't have anyone bossing them around, and telling them what they can and can't do.
Being a grown up seemed like fun until I grew a little older and realized the hardships that came with it. I couldn't help but to think about what would happen when I got to my parents age; I thought about what I would look like, who I would be married to, and what my kids would look like. I began to ponder.
"How do they do it?" I grew scared thinking about getting older. All the scary duties that went with it. For example, going away for college, moving out, and living without my parents guidance."What if I mess up?" I thought. I knew being a grown up wouldn't be easy. When I finally realized, growing up is a natural part of life; fear of the unknown is frightening, but accepting the challenges life has will bring many failures along with success.
When I was little I always had this stereotype that all grown ups were boring people like the people you saw...
Once I learned to drive I realized the benefits to being older. Now instead of relying on my parents to pick me and drop me off places I now get to choose where I want to go and what time I want to leave (with some restrictions of course). The idea of growing old didn't scare me as much as it used to. In fact I wanted to grow even older. I wasn't as worried about "messing up" or making mistakes. I realized that no one is perfect and we all have our faults. If we didn't make mistakes as my mom would always say, "then you are not human." She comforted me, with this simple phrase that lessened my...
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