When I was a kid, growing up seemed like a drag. The world is wonderful and new for kids, and the holidays are full of magic, presents, and never-ending fun. Grown ups, it seemed, miss out on that.
It turns out that growing up isn’t terrible. It’s not even so bad to have to act like an adult most of the time. These days, the holidays are an incredibly busy time for me: there’s always loads of work, not enough time for shopping, and friends making delicious food somewhere nearby. It’s easy to get swept up in it all and forget about what’s going on, really.
2013 has been a great year, but it’s had a few events that have reminded me about what’s important.
The worst thing about growing up is that you lose people. Life is fragile, and we’re all here for a limited time. We all lose amazing people in our lives, and the longer we live the more loss we see.
Here’s what’s important for grown ups to do on the holidays: tell people that you love them. It’s a time to stop and really enjoy moments with your friends and family. It’s a time to value what you do, and respect yourself and others. You may not have all the magical forgetfulness and wonder that you had as a kid, but telling people that you loved them brings back a little bit of that childlike perfection.
Life is short. We work to make it great.