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Growing up
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So, my brother had this interesting post about growing up. It sort of ties into his other post about getting too old for concerts and things. He talks about how because most older people don't seem to swap anime, or go to shows, that he feels a bit out of place. My whole opinion on it is that as some one grows up, as long as the accept the responsibilities that come with age, then that's fine. (Of course, this is coming from the guy who's a bum w/o a job and living at home with his parents.)

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I was just having this same conversation with my girlfriend a couple days ago. Two of her three house mates think that they're all grown up because they go out to bars and do other "grown up things" like that. They criticize Lesley and her other house mate, Paige, for watching cartoons and other assorted, "childish" activities. However, the two 'mature' girls are lazy, don't pick up after themselves, don't pay bills on time, don't deliver phone messages, etc. Despite all their perceived adultness, they haven't quite managed to grasp the concept of accepting responsibilities, like you said. So the difference lies in your definition of growing up. Yeah, I still go to shows, skate a lot, watch cartoons, etc. But I also take care of all the things I'm responsible for and take care of myself without expecting anyone to babysit me and pick up after me.
-Brandon (

well, sort of. I don't think growing up is about accepting responsibilities that come with age. I'm not exactly sure what additional responsibilities one gets with age (other than perhaps activities that were previously limited by law such as drinking). That is, one shouldn't be expected to be more responsible by virtue of being older. Age has nothing to do with responsibility. Things like job and family have to do with responisibility, but not age. Which is the point I was trying to make earlier: society pressures us to have more responsibilities as we grow older and I think that's crap. Do what you want. Take on whatever responsibilities you want and drop those you don't care about. Don't act more responsible simply because you're older. If I want to run around and go to concerts with HS students, or watch anime when I'm 40 years old, I will. Age has nothing to do with it.

-Tony (

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