What do I want to be when I grow up?

I find myself teetering between wanting to prepare for my future and holding on desperately to my responsibility.

As a woman in her early 20s, I find myself teetering between wanting to prepare for my future and holding on desperately to my responsibility – free youth.

Lately, I have come to realize that when a child looks at me, they are looking at me like I’m the grown up.

As much as I want to tell them “No, no! I’m a child too! Don’t let my outward appearance confuse you!”

I have to accept that I am in fact an adult and it’s time to start acting like one.

So, in my attempt to figure out what is an adult and what must I do to meet the requirements of becoming one, I began to browse through the non-fiction stacks at the library. I discovered a book titled Adulting: how to become a grown up in 463 easy(ish) steps, by Kelly Williams Brown and decided that it would be the perfect place to begin.

So far my journey towards a life that involves financial planning and eggs instead of candy for breakfast, I have learned so much.

Despite everything I have learned, there are things I am not willing to give up just yet. I will continue to have my hair one of the colours of the rainbow, enjoy my favourite cartoons and sleep in until 1pm whenever I get the chance. I am proud to say that my quest for adulthood is almost complete but, if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my pillow fort, watching movies with a pint of ice cream.

Kayley Robb is an Assistant Community Librarian at the Summerland Library, and almost an adult.

 

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