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Okay, I use the phrase occasionally, but I’ve been thinking on it recently. When did becoming an adult turn into a thing we don’t want to do? Something almost negative or not intrinsic to our growing up? 
Our culture these days (in the USA at least) focuses so much on the individual and self and feelings about yourself that it seems a whole generation is becoming perpetual Peter Pans. Even as we grow up and make adult milestones, we refuse to admit we are real adults, instead defaulting to – what? Adulting? Kids pretending to be adults for a few tasks and then reverting to a less mature self? Sure seems like it. 
Being and adult used to be something we aspired to. Turning 18 and 21, gaining our independence and freedom… Well we have it now. Is this generation really so avoidant of responsibilities that come with age? 
More people have dogs than kids. Call me old fashioned, but a dog is a pet. A kid is your child. I also think we should focus on families and not fulfilling all our dreams and wishes for years and decades on end. Adding a spouse and kids makes my dreams fulfillment even more enjoyable and rewarding. (I understand many struggle to have kids, but this isn’t about them. It’s about the ones who want to spend their time and money just on making themselves happy.) 
I think we need more people who will step and be real adults, not just fake at it every now and then pat themselves on the back for Adulting for a few hours. A big bunch of whiny selfish kids faking as adults makes for a scary future. 
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Sarah Jensen · April 26, 2016 at 4:15 am

Love your thoughts, and I couldn't have said it better!

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