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Growing up

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Once we’re more than completely dependent we begin wanting to grow up as fast as possible, while at the same time remaining young enough to have so cares or responsibilities. The games we play and the stories we make up all have us playing the part of adults, teens, or older children. Once we have become older, many times we’d like to once again have the characteristics of youth. What we don’t realize is that we don’t really grow up, we stay young in any number of ways, and still have the chance to ‘play’ at being a grownup in many different venues of our lives. When one has reached whatever age is considered adult in one’s society, there is still so much to learn. One must learn about being an adult, not reaching adulthood, and adulthood continues to have its own lessons until we reach middle age; then at middle age we begin to learn about being senior. At no one point in our lives do we approach being ‘all grown up.’ We must recognize this as true or we might begin to think we know everything when it is patently true we do not know everything, nowhere close to everything. Though it sometimes feels daunting that the growing task never stops; just as certainly, if we mistakenly assume we’re grown up, we will stagnate and never fulfill ourselves as humans. Never being grown up can be a relief, can’t it?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

4 thoughts on “Growing up

  1. Momma says sometimes that she wishes for the days again that the biggest decision of the day would be what kind of Happy Meal to get. But on the other hand, her and daddy still act like little kids around the house with me. I don’t think they will ever grow up officially. I like that. 🙂 Great post. XOXO – Bacon

  2. I love all the learning life can give you…great post.

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