Grow Up – Episode #015

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11.
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There comes a time in our lives that we must complete the transition into adulthood.  I can’t specifically say at what age the transition should take place, but I know for a fact the older you get it should be much easier to distinguish adult behavior from adolescent behavior.  If nothing else, physical changes should be an indication of the way you should be acting.  One of my 30+ year old friends once said, “When your body hits 30, it starts doing things that it never did before.  Aches, pains, and strains.  No matter how much you workout or how often you play, you won’t be able to completely prevent wear and tear.”  It’s no need for you to try and play basketball like Lebron James at this point in your life (unless you’re in the NBA).  What are you trying to prove?  This message relates to many things in life. You can’t party forever like you’re 19.  You can’t live at home forever.  Even your wardrobe must change at some point.  Remember the definition of insanity, to continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results.  Something has got to give.

We all know the story of Peter Pan (aka The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up).  I commend J. M. Barrie for creating such a prolific tale that will last forever.  This character of Peter, the young mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, dwells in us all in some fashion.  We fly around this earth as if it’s Never Never Land.  We sword fight our shadow, we pout when we don’t get our way, and we roam with the same band of Lost Boys that we always have.  A new year is approaching.  Make this year better than you’re last.  You’re about to be another year older…  act like it.  Grow up.

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Even if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to the elders…

“If you screw up, do it while you’re young.  Older you get, the harder it is to bounce back.” –Winston Groom

“You have to do your own growth no matter how tall your grandfather was.” –Abraham Lincoln

“We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.” –May Lamberton Becker

“As we grow better, we meet better people.”  Elbert Hubbard

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