When I was young, I thought grownups had it easy—masters of their own worlds. I couldn’t wait, no more pop quizzes or endless homework from teachers who obviously had nothing better to do with their sad lives than torture me. No more parents telling me when to be home or doling out chores—I would finally be free.
As time has passed, I’ve come to realize the great illusion of youth. None of us is ever free. You are beholden to your parents who offer physical, emotional, and financial support. Grownups are beholden to the bills they must pay for their own support. Teachers hold in their hands the ability to destroy your college dreams. A boss can destroy a grownups life with two words, “You’re fired”.
Yes, life as an adult is not as easy as I thought it would be. But it sure is nice to stay up late every once and awhile eating a big bowl of ice cream—even if I did have to buy it.
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A cute and poignant reminder of the fragility of our thinking in relation to our lives. :]