Friday, November 19, 2010


Navigating the world as an emerging adult is tricky.

In college I made some pretty amazing friends. People who I still care a great deal about and people who keep in touch with on a semi-frequent basis. I find solace in the fact that all of my comrades are just as confused when it comes to this as I am.

It seems a bit easier for people around me, as if there are some people who’ve just got it all together. I suspect that if I looked a bit closer into the personal dealings of these people, they are probably just as confused about becoming adults as I am.

I think circumstances can force someone to grow up pretty quickly, suddenly finding oneself responsible for an infant (or hopefully preparing for this task for nine months) can cause people to grow up very quickly, but for the rest of us who go to work/are finishing school/looking for jobs it’s a tricky situation to figure out.

I would like to think that I have made some significant strides in the direction of acting like an adult recently. I have dealt with my fair share of adult issues and I have made rational, mature decisions.

Yet, I still feel like a little kid living the life of someone much older.

I don’t know if it’s an issue of my generation being coddled and told they could have whatever they want in life, only to hit the stage of an “emerging adult” to be crushed by the realities of socio-economic crises that I don’t think will go away for the coming generations.

Yet, I still feel as if the world is at my fingertips. The dreams I was told to aspire toward still seem achievable, if only I am that one person who gets the perfect opportunity to use the skills I have honed for years to make a significant impact on the world.

The problem with believing that those opportunities are still waiting for people is that it’s difficult to tie oneself down to reality. Now, I’m not saying I live in some fantasy world, simply mean that when there are endless options it is difficult to follow one course of action.

Well, at least I feel like this is my plight.

I’m just still trying to figure it all out, and I suspect that this feeling is never going to go away.

Wondering about emerging adulthood?

1 comment:

Sean and Becky said...

Dude, I feel the same way! Why does everyone else seem to be so much more grown up? Although I feel like being an adult is totally overrated sometimes..working for 'the man' and paying for everything kind of blows :( P.s. I miss you!