In the most important milestone of your life-adulthood-you are finally granted autonomy to exercise and act upon everything that you learnt until then.
But Adulthood is not related to age.
Far too many squander away their precious autonomy because they get it much before they are responsible for the self.
So do you know when adulthood has approached you at the right time?
Here are a few…
Realising that you have lost your innocence- the beginning of adulthood.
Getting over the outrage and sense of betrayal attributed to nonspecific agents- welcome to the peak of adulthood.
Yes, once you have lost your innocence you never regain it. The occasional feelings of return to innocence are an illusion created by your persistent but ever weakening sense of wonder.
Here are your life markers, if you choose to accept.
Innocence- Adulthood- Senescence.
And if any teenagers object, let me add one more.
Innocence- Angst- Adulthood- Senescence.
If you still these are inadequate, let me agree with you.
This does not describe you. Not by the least. You are an unique snowflake. Just like everyone else.
We all differ in minutiae, but our lives can be painted with the broadest of the strokes, don’t you agree. It’s how history is written.
A majority of us will lose our individuality once we cease to exist.
But i digress.
Let me elaborate adulthood further.
Adulthood is when –
You accept things as they are, not because you are jaded, but because you have cemented your priorities into your psyche, and you know which battles to fight and which to abandon.
You are more calculating, not because you are colder, but because you have witnessed and understood the indifference of the universe.
You fear yet are perversely fascinated by notions of immortality.
You contemplate if there is a better conclusion to life than death.
And with every action taken, every word spoken, every breath inspired-you hope that you have advanced in life, hopefully to a conclusion more meaningful than death.
At least that’s what I do.
P.s. I don’t agree that death is a part of life, for it is by definition an absence of life as it had previously existed.
But I’ll oblige you anyways.
Innocence- Angst- Adulthood- Senescence- Death.
I hope that makes you happy.