Looking Forward: The perks of being a grown-up

looking forward

Looking back on my first few entries of this column, I realize we've covered a lot over the past several weeks: creative insecurities; setting goals; getting past the fear of making mistakes; wondering where home is. It made me think. There's no denying that growing up is tough business. I know quite a few people in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, who claim that no amount of money would be worth living through their twenties again. And I believe them.

But. I think for as many challenges that we face as we become "grown-ups," there are just as many things to be thrilled about. It would be a shame not to acknowledge those aspects of the journey---the ones worth celebrating---as well.

For example:

I love that as I've gotten older, I've come to care less about appearance. No makeup? No problem!

I love that I've learned to embrace my quirks, and those of others, too. Sometimes I'm awkward. Sometimes I'm clumsy. Sometimes I'm shy. All of these things are okay. I wish I knew this in high school.

I love that I don't need to ask for permission or approval when making decisions.

I love that I can eat pie for breakfast if I want---and I often do.

I love that I've learned that standing out is a good thing. 

There. That's a lot of things to feel good about. Now it's your turn. What makes you happy about getting older?