Never mentioned warnings about Growing Up!
At the end of every day, I feel confused about the due course of my life. When I was a teen, I never did think about a life. In my early twenties, I had the impression that life is a big long party and now in my late twenties, I cannot define my life in a sentence even, let alone a word. This phase of my life is apparently called ‘Growing Up’. But whoever was to enlighten me about what ‘Growing Up’ actually meant? Here’s a list I conjured which could be dished up as warnings —
1. The world around you never will give a shit about you –
One always grows up in this cocoon of close co-dependent relationships and hopes to somewhat establish the same outside. As of today, I can then guarantee that the world outside was definitely brought up in a refugee camp then. Hostilities rise and so does indifference. All you can do is push your little turtle neck back into its shell, occasionally allowing a few very well chosen heads to induce ideas. It does take some rather painful experiences to realise that doesn’t it?
2. You can never affirm to a single group
School life belonged to school friends, college to the college mates. Once you begin with work, you belong to school friends, college mates, work buddies. If at all you find the time to socialise, you will belong to those friends. And after all of that, you may have still felt isolated. Ironic but true. Isn’t it?
3. You will attune yourself to the “Money Brings Happiness” statement.
And yet never be happy with any amount of money coming your way 🙂
4. You are bound to grow old PHYSICALLY.
That would mean greys, wrinkles, double chins, and sagging skins, sleeping by 10 in the evening, not forgetting the inability to go at it in bed ‘regularly’. To add to that, you are given just two choices – Die trying or love the term ‘aging gracefully’.
Special note to the women – Repeat the latter more often please.
5. The older you grow, the dumber you get.
Adulthood to me is a perfect hoax, made to mock the human psychology. You will never know what it is like to be a grown up. While sanity and age form two sides of the balance, sanity certainly goes for a toss when age gets started. You use a Blackberry to save time; you desperately file returns to save money, you ‘build an image’ to save your reputation and come back home to get inspired by ‘art of living’ quotes. Your ‘open book’ of life suddenly develops dog ears and you call them ‘complications’. Naivety becomes a virtue of the eccentric and/or crude. Perceptions begin clouding your judgement and before you know it, you are just one big tangle of a human being.
6. Life gets tragic as you grow..
As you grow, relationships will grow longer, but lives get shorter. What inspired you once will seem retarded now. What inspires you now, will seem retarded later. Optimism will also have its highs and lows leaving you to wonder whether anything is really worth the effort. At the end of the day, you choose not to give a shit to the things you used to give a shit about and end up being one of the world in (1)
On a brighter note,
All of this did not include the joy one can derive off growing up… Independence, A fighting spirit and a fat wallet to name a few. Whatsay??
In the words of Blue Oyster Cult,
“I can’t see no reason to put up a fight,
I am livin’ to give the devil his due…
‘Cos I am burnin’, I am burnin’, I am burnin’ …For you.”