Adulting Much? Nah

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I know, I know. I haven’t posted since last year.

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You’re gonna have to gimme a break. I’m in the throes of my angst-y middle age. Still trying to adult at 50.

And BTW – it’s almost exactly like trying to adult at 20.

For example, as a young adult going to college, if you were too tired from – oh, let’s just say – partying on a weeknight, you could skip class the next morning and make up the studying/homework later. Somehow, you got through it.

Now, as a semi-responsible adultish 50, if you’re too tired from being up late paying bills, strategizing your 401(k) allocations, or just binge-watching Stranger Things, you still gotta get your not-so-toned-anymore butt to work the next morning. At the crack of dawn *snort-giggle*. But somehow, you get through it. (Hint: lots and lots of naps.)

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We hear so much about Millenials struggling to adult. When I was in my 20s, there wasn’t even a clever adjective to describe my suffering, much less a noun-turned-verb. Disappointingly, even knowing its name still doesn’t give me power over it.

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So now, ever since I turned 50 last year, I decided to just embrace the fact that I’ll simply never grow up. And I’ll cut myself some slack. Because, you know, I’ve got Slacker generation stamped on my forehead.

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I’m a proud American Gen X’er who goes deep into pop culture and nostalgia for my latchkey childhood. We’re the kids who obsessed over Pac-Man.

When you come of age fascinated by a cheese wheel that gets empowered by gobbling magical pills, then chases and eats colorful monsters, you’re imprinted for life to remain child-like in how you view the world.

As long as you figure out a way to support yourself and your family, plan a little for the future, and stay out of trouble – you’re grown up enough. So don’t take much else too seriously. That is zero fun.

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What I’m trying to say is – when life gets difficult and harried (does anyone even use that word anymore?), remember that if you’re doing your best to eventually reach your goals, give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself first.

We’re all kids at heart. We’re here to have fun and laughter in life. There will always be too many negative and tragic events going on. Since the beginning of time. We know this. So tilt the energy towards playfulness and joyfulness. The younger generations will thank you.

You can adult and still never age. That’s the secret sauce.

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