I started today engaging a friend in a conversation about the fact that it is his birthday and today he turned Old™. Thus the train of discussion moved on to the the difference between turning Old™ and the point in our lives at which we start being Grown Up™. As I approach the end of my university years I have quickly realized that it is time to become Grown Up™ or I will miss the boat entirely. Well that isn’t exactly what I have realized, I have come to the realization that it is far more efficient to pretend to be Grown Up™, it has all the benefits with none of the negative connotations that come along with it.
The first act of being grown up that I have discovered over the last six months is following the news of the world around us. Once again I found a way to cheat and pretend to be grown up, and this is by getting my news through avenues like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Rick Mercer Report, etc. Shows that present me with the world news through a comedic filter. While it could be seen as cheating at being Grown Up™ I see it more as a survival technique. It is no wonder that being Grown Up™ is generally seen as a bad thing with the general negativity that surrounds news and the things of the world as presented by the media.
Even through a filter of comedy it has been made very clear to me that America and Canada are in dire straights when it comes to employment situations. Finishing my Ed degree I see it a lot in my classmates, people taking jobs across the country, and general anxiety over job prospects or lack there of. During this past summer I was told to take an online personality test, and being that it was a summer in Wolfville there wasn’t a whole lot else to do. In the end I was shocked at the description it gave of me and just how accurate it could be. One specific part that struck me as just another odd fact about me at the time was “This type of personality wants to experience the whole of life and may change careers more often than many other types.” (From Here) It seems that this is the way the world is going, that the idea of a life long career is going to be far from the norm. I am okay with this, mostly because I don’t have that kind of attention span, but I know that a lot of people aren’t comfortable with the idea, what with it being change and all.
Has anyone else made similar observations?