I love being a "grown-up". Who's with me?
Maybe when you read that, some of you totally agree. Being a grown-up, it's a good life, right?
Maybe some of you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, "love being a grown-up"? "Yeah.... okay, whatever".
For others of you, who maybe have a few extra years of grown-
upness on me, you roll your eyes. "She's young, she'll figure out what it's really like in a few years".
When I talk to many individuals that have more experience than I in the "adult world", I am not gonna lie, they don't make it sound all too appealing. Maybe you know what I mean, things like;
-"Enjoy being young now, the fun isn't going to last forever".
- "Just wait until you have to get a "real Job" and have to pay "real bills"
- "Wait til' you get into the "real world"
- " Have fun now, being married and having kids is soooooo hard".
Now I am not saying your job as a "real adult" isn't hard. I know it is. But what am saying is this...
People say all these things and make statements like "young adults from my generation don't want to grow up". We are "irresponsible, selfish, immature, lazy etc"...All we care about is our cell phones, what we wear and where the next party is, right?
While I do believe there is a huge problem today with young people who are unable to see their worth and potential. I also believe we have a huge problem with "Seasoned adults" telling us the worst of being a "grown-up" and then wondering why we don't grow up. And by saying things like this you are also devaluing the problems and stresses that truly are very real for young adults today.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on all you more experienced adults out there. I am a firm believer in learning and respecting those that are older than me and have gone through life before me. But...
I will be completely open and honest. I get stressed. I have anxiety. I get tired. I get overwhelmed. (in fact, I am having to fight tears while I write this) Every once and a while I wonder if it's all worth it. Sometimes I lose motivation. Sometimes I need to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So can I ask something of you? please?
Instead of telling me how hard life is, tell me how you got through the things you went through.
Tell me what you love about being a wife, and mother, Father, and husband.
Tell me about your first job and how it helped you become who you are today.
Tell me what you love about the job you have now.
Tell me the joys of being an adult.
I love life and I love being a "grown-up". But just like you I have struggles, as does every young adult like me. And what we need is not smart, sarcastic remarks about how "it just gets harder from here" and how "the things I am going through now are nothing compared to being a "real adult". Call me a dreamer, but I see a millennial generation full of promise, potential, and the abilities to create a better world for the next generation to come after us, But we need your help to get there. We need your look into a better and brighter future.