From the time we were children, we’ve always craved for that feeling of being independent. While we have our parents taking care of us for a majority of our lives, it comes to a point where we ourselves have to grow up and embrace the expected level of maturity and independence that comes with growing up. There’s a certain level of understanding that we must have and in addition to be responsible for our own decisions, choices and actions. To lead a responsible life, one must know themselves and their priorities, along with their weaknesses and their strengths, and must take steps to manage them in the best manner possible, which involves and requires a great level of self-control and discipline. There then comes a point where we ourselves move forward in life to the stage of having a family of our own, and we find ourselves making the decisions that our parents once made for us. It’s a mad cycle, but we all learn through the examples set before us, and sometimes, through our own morals and independent mindset and way of thinking.
Growing up has its stages, the rebellious stage, the stubborn stage, the angst-filled stage that so often grace the teenage years, and finally, the power of newfound freedom. You find yourself sneaking out of the house to go to some party, or cutting school to hang out with your friends and telling little white lies just to go have fun. This is the time when you finally get your own car, try to sneak out and end up making a small technical miscalculation which ends up with you being grounded and having to help with the certified door repairs, considering you rammed the vehicle into it the previous night trying to sneak out. The older you get, you start looking back on these memories, feeling nostalgic and wishing you could go back to these simpler times, back when problems were silly and trivial.
Life comes to a stage where you have to worry about bills instead of test scores, face the Monday blues about going to work rather than going to school, taking care of your family rather than taking care of yourself in time for the game coming up, worrying about maintaining house repairs and finding a decent home for your family rather than worrying about some broken garage door motor. It all sounds sad and dreary when you put it in such a way, but maybe it doesn’t have to be that way.Maturity and responsibility can be scary, but at the end of the day, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and there’s always something to look forward to, so just make sure you never lose that spark.