Saturday, April 7, 2012

Growing Up

"Grow up."

It's a phrase we hear all the time. Usually when someone says that, they mean, "Quit being so immature."

Sure, there are some things, like throwing a tantrum, that are unacceptable. We aren't perfect. Far from it. But there are other strings attached to supposed immaturity--good things. So what does it really mean to be mature?

Does it mean giving up things you loved as a child--like stuffed animals, popsicles, and sidewalk chalk?
Does it mean you can't get excited about things like Pokemon and shiny stickers?
Does it mean losing your sense of adventure, your love of imagination?
Does it mean being serious all the time?

Does it mean giving up your dreams?

"Grow up."

I've lost a lot of things over the years. I've lost the innocence I once held. I've lost time. I've lost friends and family. I've lost pieces of my music and art and writing. There are also some things that I'm glad to be rid of. I've lost the hatred I once harbored. I've lost my fear of making new friends. I've lost much of the anxiety of sharing my feelings. I've lost my ability to purposefully hurt another person. I've lost many of my inhibitions.

But I will never lose my sense of wonder. I will never lose my love of people. I will never give up my dreams. I will never stop writing.

And I will never grow up.

-Tsira

10 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel, in the Christian faith we are taught that we must become as a little child! Never grow up!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. Yes, I'm familiar with that. I was raised in a very religious home. :)

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  2. I think when some one says to "grow up" it means to own up and take responsibly for your actions. That doesn't mean we can't have fun, and act "child like". I still love watching cartoons. Does that make me a child? I think it is just my way of escaping some of the stresses of life. My search for laughter.

    I really enjoyed your post today.

    Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge.

    Bev @ Blue Velvet Vincent

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    1. That depends on what they're saying it for. There are definitely some things that we need maturity for, you're right. But I also hear it a lot, unfortunately, as a ward against anything that children might like--as if being excited about Pokemon is completely abhorrent.

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  3. hahhaha the last time I heard this words was last night with my mom
    do check out my G at GAC a-z

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    1. I'm... not sure what to think about that.

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  4. That's right. Don't give up. Never listen to what anybody tells you about your art, music, writing. For those are the things that make you who you are. No one, including me, can't grow up from those things that make us happy!

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    1. Yes, those things really are happiness. :) I love all these enthusiastic responses. It totally makes my day.

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  5. Beautiful post! I believe that people should stop being childish, but never stop being child-like. :-)

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    1. :) That's exactly what I was going for.

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