Growing up or something like it

First off, I officially just submitted my final paper to complete school for 2014. Yes, I spent my Friday night doing homework in my sweats. And now I’m going through a roller coaster of emotions. I’m experiencing the pure joy that is recognizing I don’t have homework for a full month to the pure panic that I’m going to fail my paper.  Either way, I’m done. It’s submitted. I can’t do anything about it now, so might as well enjoy the month off.

That being said, this has been quite the interesting week of realizations for me. Social media has been an interesting outlet and it’s been fun to use it as a way to keep in touch (or keep track of…) people that you grew up with. This week, a compilation of posts have caused me to reflect on who I was in high school to who I am now. And reflect on the people that I hung out with in high school and where they are now.

I think that’s one of the things about growing up that I’ve never really paid any attention to and now I’m glad I am. Looking at how far I’ve come (or how much more I need to go) and the paths that people I know have taken; I truly appreciate adulthood at this moment. Social media has provided a way for me to join the journey of childhood friends through their lives without me living in the same place as them. I can share in their accomplishments, even if I’m hundreds of miles away or giggle incessantly at the latest adorable thing their baby did without needing to ever meet the child.  As much as I complain about being an adult and growing up, this is one of the few moments that I kind of actually really enjoy it. When I was 15, I didn’t reflect on accomplishments or care about journeys. Now, I have the opportunity and experience to do so.

This may be the rant of a student suffering from exhaustion during finals week, but for this brief moment I’m okay with being an adult. Even if it is a faux adult.

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