How do you know when you’ve finally grown up? Is it a particular date or birthday. Society says you’re a grown up at 16 when you can now safely operate a car. Or is it 18, when you can now vote and serve your country in the military? Maybe its 21 when you’re now allowed to drink alcohol legally.
Yesterday, I came across the following list about being an adult on Ally Spots blog. I’ve borrowed only a small portion of her content so please go visit her posting to get the full story. It really is very good and she expands on each of these thoughts.
6 Things Adults Can Do
- Adults Are Responsible—Grown-ups have responsibilities and don’t try to abdicate them or ignore them.
- Adults Are Accountable—They recognize that actions have consequences and they strive to make the right decisions.
- Adults Are Honest—They speak the truth when it isn’t convenient, when it makes them look bad, when it might be upsetting to someone else.
- Adults Can Integrate—Toddlers see things in black and white but adults are able to integrate. They’re comfortable with ambiguity
- Adults Set Good Boundaries—Adults are able to say no to that which violates their core values; and for this reason there is also great power in their “yes”.
- Adults Can Self-Soothe—Adults are able to sooth themselves in moments of sadness or fear or anxiety.
“Go on… go throw up… I mean grow up.” Mike Wozaski to Boo in Monsters Inc.