What is adulthood? How do we know that we have reached it?
I will never reach adulthood. The Aspiring Adult is an intentional misnomer.
I too was on this escalator called life, once upon a time. I was mindlessly checking the boxes (and making blunders). And then I stepped off of it.
I realized that there are many versions of me throughout life. There are no boxes to check. Note that this starts with V2 because I consider my teenage years to be formative to who I am and therefore teenager=V1 but for purposes of this discussion we are trying to isolate and debunk the myth of specifically adulthood so I started at V2 in the diagram. You can see V3 lasted the longest because that's when I was on the "this is what adults do..." escalator, blindly checking boxes. I believed that the marker of a successful life was "get married and live happy ever after". Until I realized I didn't want to be married and then my life needed a new purpose, and V4 emerged.
"Ok but where is the "old" part after adulthood?" is a question you would be right to ask.
The answer comes from a very simple question: why is it the case that a 77 year old can't still have hopes and dreams?
If you were as stunned by that question as I was, please listen to this 10 minute podcast episode that changed my life from Mark Zoril.
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Unfinished human, currently v.5.0. Expecting at least 10 more versions. Aspiring adult.