Rather, what’s the definition of “grown-up”?
This post is inspired by a brief conversation with my friend Ty, this morning. He asked me what the definition of ” grown-up”…and I gave kind of a blanket answer: minding your business and handling your own, paying your bills, being responsible- and if you have others who you are responsible to (ie: kids, spouse, etc.), then taking care of that.
Then Ty gave me the list of the things that he has heard defines being a “grown-up”:
- When you stop chasing women
- When you start taking in account the opinion of others
- It’s a mind state
- When your life gets boring
- When you have your first kid
- When you get your first job
- As soon as you’re done with school
We also talked about the fact that some people are forced to grow up due to circumstances in their life, and that being a “grown up” doesn’t equate to maturity- and neither does age.
Ty expressed that he’s more so concerned with the stereotype of being an adult- and how it seems that adults have no fun. They just work Monday-Friday, have family time on the weekends, and a week of vacation in the summer. Otherwise, it’s a pretty monotonous life.
So…when are you grown up…and what’s the definition of being grown up?