I realize that technically I have been an adult for 8 years, but that does not mean I acted nor felt like an adult. I mean I have had moments where I am reminded that I should be an adult, but they usually don't last very long.....until this week. This week has been completely filled with me having to act my age.
Example Number One: I bought new glasses and prescription sunglasses!
The last time I got glasses was in 2000. Since then the lens fell out in a cobblestone street in New York and was scratched, my nephew bent them so they are crooked when I wear them, and they are actually no longer my prescription. I still could not get myself to buy new ones, until this week when I became an adult. While I was trying on glasses I thought "hey why not take this one step forward and get sunglasses too!" I no longer have to make the choice between having the sun in my eyes and being able to see or not being able to see and blocking the sun out.
Example Number Two: I had my hair cut and dyed
I actually got my hair cut last week, but I had it dyed this week. Yes I have had my hair dyed before, but this time it was a very adult dye job with no craziness. I just got some light brown highlights...very adult.
Example Number Three: I am shopping around for a new car
I love my car and it has treated me very well for the last six years, but I think it is time to get a new car. Instead of just running off and buying a car like I want to, I am actually doing some research and taking my time. I do have it narrowed down to a few different cars.
Example Number Four: People take my opinions seriously in meetings
I was in a meeting this week at school. There were two administrators and two teachers that have taught for about 20 years each and me in this meeting. It was about this program called AVID that I am going to teach next year. They kept on asking for my opinion during the meeting and I was having to make final decisions that we will all have to follow next year. The whole time I wanted to tell them to stop listening to me because I had no idea what I was talking about and why didn't they "the adults" make these decisions and I would just follow what they said.
In conclusion, I am now an adult.