On Being a Grown-up

I often joke that I have to buck up and be a grown-up in certain situation.  The other day I was walking home from the gym thinking to myself…

I am only 26 there is no way I’m a grown-up.  I will only have to be a grown-up when I am responsible for another person’s life (aka. when I have a child).  

This thought crossed my mind as I walked by the playground for the school I work at.

That’s right… I AM responsible for another person’s life.  I am responsible for children’s lives every day.  And not just 1 child, about 10-20 children.  EVERY DAY. 

I believe that I am going to have to come to terms with the fact that I am a grown-up whether I like it or not.  I have graduated college and have held a full-time job for almost 4 years.  I get holiday, vacation and sick pay.  I have my OWN insurance.  I am responsible for the lives of other people.  Small people who are unable to care for themselves.  I have a husband, bills and responsibilities.  I make good choices (most of the time).  I AM a grown-up.  UGH!

That does not imply by any means that I am going to act like an adult all the time.  Or even most of the time.  Why should I?  There is a reason I work with kids!  I love them and I enjoy being silly with them.  I get excited about small things.  I giggle and laugh more than most adults.  I read children’s books with joy.  I find happiness in unexpected ways such as making art projects that look like walrus and polar bears.

I am a grown-up.  But It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.  Or play with toys or read picture books and giggle!  Because Why Not?  Right?



About lifeofaphoenix

My name is Stephanie and I live in the greater Seattle area with my husband Michael. This blog is my opportunity to give myself an outlet for my love of writing, photography, food and life.
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3 Responses to On Being a Grown-up

  1. Dana says:

    When I was younger, thirty seemed to be so old. Now that I am thirty, it doesn’t feel like adult territory at all. I’m as silly as ever and plan to be that way for as long as I live! Young at heart forever! 🙂

  2. Young at heart forever! You say it lady!!! LOVE IT!!

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