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Adulthood is a sneaky cat. It moves in shadows on silent paws. It waits for you around blind corners. It's a bit like this sneaky one:



One day, you're living in squalor, but loving it because you're twenty and don't know any better. It's bohemian, you tell yourself. Fight the power. You'll never sell out and be a tool of the Man. You sell your iron for beer money (that's not my story, but someone else's and hilarious). Music and getting laid are the only things that seem to really matter.

Then the sneaky cat leaps.

You have responsibilities. You have bills. You have to buy your own food and your own clothes with your own money. That's not fair, you cry, and no one cares.

You have to choose between that new CD or next week's ramen noodles. That's not fair, either, you cry again. Everyone stops listening. They've got their own problems.

Then you fall in love. You want to build your life, a new kind of life, with this someone. But they have responsibilities, too. They care about your woes and worries. You care about theirs. They love your dreams and aspirations. You love theirs. You find how much you share and build on that.

And together you want more stuff. You're tired of living like a kid. But the stuff is really just bigger and better toys. The car that isn't held together by duct tape and prayer. The big TV with cable so you can watch something that doesn't look like rainbow-colored snow. Clothes that were not acquired second (or more) hand. A house, a home. With furniture. Not spools and crates stolen from construction sites. Really you want Barbie's stuff in life-size without somehow paying for it.

Then your friends start getting married and - gulp - having children. Dear God, weren't we just children? Wasn't the prom just last weekend? The guy who organized your last kegger is now pulling down six figures and raising a toddler!

And then the belly starts. Wait! you cry out to deaf ears. I have the metabolism of a marathoner. This can't be happening. Never mind that you spend ten hours a day in a cube and all you want to eat is bacon and cheese.

You realize no one's ready for adulthood. We're all just faking it through this muddle.

Me, too. I'm still unprepared to be an adult. I resist as well as I can, but I succumb often. I have the big TV and the Playstation and the Wii, but I also have a big stack of bills and a respectable job.

Stupid cat. It's done its job and has gone on to be fat and happy.



Me, too.


[Posted for LJ Idol - Week 9 - Unprepared]

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roina_arwen
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Some of us just seem to keep on getting happier and happier, LOL. :)
thndrstd
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's true.

Thanks for reading. :)
baxaphobia
Nov. 18th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Ah adulthood. Sigh. But we still can have toys so I suppose that makes things a little better, right?
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Indeed. Toys are awesome. :)

Thanks for reading.
rosepurr
Nov. 18th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
This is great, baby!!
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, darling. I'm glad you like it.
elderwoodpixie
Nov. 19th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Loved it! Also the cat video cracked me up!
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it. :)
solstice_singer
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I doubt my own preparedness for adulthood. You're not alone.
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for that and thanks for reading. :)
boxsofrain
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Is the cat in the video yours? I started cracking up at the end. I like how you worked with the analogies in this entry. :)
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Neither of these cats are mine, though we do have two and I can see either one of them doing this.

I'm glad you enjoyed it; I like making people laugh. Thanks for reading.
the_surfacer
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Good post, with a nice analogy, and a video that cracked me UP.
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
bewize
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sneaky cat.

And I laughed out loud at wanting to eat bacon and cheese.

Good post!
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you and thanks for reading.
mrsbowlert
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I loved this....and the fact that you used the iron reference...that is a priceless story. I was going to copy and paste the phrases I loved the most, but I'd have to copy the entire thing. Good stuff!!!
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.
shadowwolf13
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I was the odd one rushing towards adulthood, never content to let it come to me.

And yet, somehow it still surprised me. :)

Great post.
thndrstd
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
walkertxkitty
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I just about died laughing when I was reading this. You have a real talent with humor. Good analogy too.
thndrstd
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Glad I made you laugh. Thanks for reading! :)
alycewilson
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I know what you're talking about. I love the extended metaphor, and the video!
thndrstd
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading. :)
brightflashes
Nov. 20th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
beautiful! I love the extended metaphor - it works so well here. I love what you've done with the topic, too. Very good! : )
thndrstd
Nov. 20th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
spydielives
Nov. 20th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
I love this. And the cat.
thndrstd
Nov. 20th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
lilmissmagic71
Nov. 21st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
This is just great! :P
thndrstd
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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