Growing Up is Boring

I once saw a comment on a friends social media page from a wise loved one who had lived on this earth far longer than she and I. He said, “Remember, growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”

I do not believe he meant this in a negative way. He was not implying that we should not be mature, responsible human beings as adults. He was reminding us all to never stop being a kid at heart. He was telling us to never grow up so much that we can no longer sit in the snow and build snowmen or curl up in blankets on a nice plush couch with a warm cup of hot cocoa and watch cartoons when we get snowed in.

I was thinking of his comment today as I, a 24-year-old woman, got up with the sun and excitedly threw on my duck boots and tramped outside to catch the morning snowflakes on my tongue. I was thinking of his comment when I scooped fluffy, white goodness into a bowl and made snowcream with my sister. And again, when we bundled up and went to build snow creatures in the wonderland that used to be our backyard.

At the end of the day, I’m an adult that goes to work like everyone else my age. I carry myself like a professional when the time calls for it. I handle the world around me with care and try to incorporate all the wisdom I have been raised with. On the outside I have grown older. But on the inside, I will always be a kid that wonders at the simple things and gets excited about playing in the snow.

I have to say, I would not change a thing.

10991200_10155207134445147_6604403619163771416_n 10363630_10155207160150147_7259539602455054601_n11001760_10155208367635147_8014165188356169257_n 11017480_10155208666870147_72525916040120533_n

PS – Yes, that is a snow Totoro. Every yard with a forest needs one. I called him, Snowtoro.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s