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April 08, 2005

never grow up

I enjoyed this post. I agree that the article he cites is a crock. I wrote about it the other day, just because I thought it was idiotic. I like these standards better:

These are the true measures of being an adult:

1. Making decisions and accepting the consequences.
2. Being able to set goals long and short term.
3. Being able to make sacrifices to achieve ones goals.
4. Supporting oneself and ones dependents (if any).
5. Continuing ones education, for learning never ends.

I'll put the same ideas in Acidman terms.

#1-- Actions have consequences. YOU are responsible for what YOU do. Accept that fact and think before you act.

#2-- Hard work pays off. Go out and GET what you want. Don't expect it to be handed to you.

#3-- Life ain't fair and it never will be. Learn to roll with the punches and get back on your feet. If it was easy, any asshole could do it.

#4-- Carry your own weight. Get a job. Pay your bills. If you can't pay your credit cards off at the end of every month, don't use them. Do without instead of going ass-deep in debt. Show some self-discipline. You can't have it all if you can't pay for it.

#5-- NEVER stop learning. Read everything you can get your hands on. Be curious. Talk to old people and listen carefully to what they have to say. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Don't waste yours.

By the same token, don't ever lose track of the kid inside you. Dream, imagine and play. Become an adult, but don't ever grow up. My 93 year-old grandmother is a perfect example of this axiom. In six years, she will have lived for a full century.

But you can still see the little girl inside her when she talks.

Comments

Rob, You're a fucking poet!...preach on.

Posted by: DONGER on April 8, 2005 01:05 PM

If I could sew I'd make a sampler out of that.

Posted by: Nelly on April 8, 2005 05:30 PM

Thanks for the reminder to never grow up. In the midst of the day to day bullshit of living, I forget sometimes about the 'fun' stuff. It's quite depressing actually.

Posted by: Chablis on April 8, 2005 06:13 PM

I am attempting to teach these things to Miss Priss every day. It's tough work, as they seem to be born with a sense of entitlement, and it is also tough love, as the lessons often involve my refusal to do things FOR her...

Making progress though. She really is a good kid, often times trying to act TOO grown up.

Posted by: Key on April 9, 2005 12:22 PM
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