Friday, July 27, 2012
Does this eye shadow make me look like an adult?
I can understand wanting to change any one of these aspects of one's life. Paint colors, bachelor apartments, and non-commital boyfriends have the potential to become tiresome/inadequate, as much as anything else. But I don't apply maturity levels to any of them.
I do think there are some emotional/psychological states that mark the passing time. For example...
Babyhood to toddlerhood: Discovering you're an individual.
Childhood to adolescence: Questioning everything you've been taught.
Adolescence to early adulthood: Rediscovering you're an individual.
20s to 30s: No longer thinking you're the center of the universe / know everything.
30's to 40s: Stopping to care what everyone else thinks of you.
and so forth. And there are people who get stuck in one of these states. (If you're still going on about The Catcher in the Rye when you're 50... you might want to broaden your philosophical horizons.)
But paint colors, cars, homes... these are just things. Things should only reflect our taste, need and idiosyncrasies. Like "I hate stinky bus people so I got a car" or "All landlords work for the FBI so I got a house." And if your parents, friends or colleagues say different... [insert raspberry.]
Song of the day: I swear to you this started playing as I wrote this post!