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Whether it’s my parents asking me not to borrow their car over the holidays anymore or the government mandating that I have health insurance, it’s becoming abundantly clear that society is beginning to expect certain stuff from me: I need to start being a “grown up.”
Not going to happen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to obey the law and pay my taxes, but I in no way consider myself an adult. My behavior changes very slowly over time, and I can’t just flip a switch and start caring about the strength of the dollar, my ‘to-do’ list, or finding someone to settle down with. In my mind, adults get married and buy houses, which is gross.
I consider myself a young professional, which hopefully is not the same thing at all. I recently slid into a new job, which I’m competent enough to perform adequately, and I’m beginning to realize what it means to have a career. My company pays (most of) my bills, feeds me at least three free lunches a month, and I actually kind of enjoy showing up to work every day. At the tender age of twenty-four, I’ve pretty much hit the middle class workplace jackpot that everyone keeps talking about, but I’m not an adult. Not even close.
I’ll be a real grown up one day, but I want to have as much fun as possible while right now, so sue me. The problem is knowing where the line is drawn. Here are some thoughts that should lift your game to the next level without comprising your integrity.