Baby Steps Into Adulthood

September 6, 2006

It’s funny. In this country when you turn 18 you are legally an adult. But the things that make you—or at least, make me—feel truly grown up come in small doses spread out over the years.

I remember my freshman year of college having to deal with some problem; I don’t even remember what it was now. I had to make a couple of phone calls to straighten something out, though. It was the kind of thing that my parents would normally have done, or at least helped me to do, when I was still living at home. It wasn’t a big deal, I didn’t quite know who to call about whatever it was, so I had to look up a couple of numbers in the yellow pages and call around until I found someone that could help me and get things straightened out. I remember thinking at the time that this is what being an adult is. As a kid it always seems like adults know how to handle these situations. In reality they don’t always—and if they do it’s because they’ve already struggled through figuring it out the first time. Being an adult does not mean knowing how to deal with lots of situations, but learning to deal with situations that you have no idea how to deal with. This, I think, was my first baby step into adulthood.

Today—just five minutes ago, in fact—I booked myself a round trip flight to L.A. for the first weekend of October. There’s a Capoeira encounter out there that weekend and a few of us from class are going. The reason I mention this—in fact it is the impetus for the entire post—is that this is the first time I have set up a trip for myself by myself. I have taken vacations alone before, usually down to Durango to visit Joe. But those are just road trips; no big deal. For the first time I have booked and paid for my own flight to another city. I’m excited. It promises to be a good trip. A whole weekend of Capoeira. I’m going to be so exhausted on Monday.

That’s one small step for me, one… well, I’m actually pretty sure this hasn’t affected mankind at all.


One comment

  1. Hey, got any info on that you could share? Could you ping me next time you see me on #tacobeam (I’m TD) ….. it’s just that I’ll be in the bay area in October and am a Capoeira fan – I’m not sure if I’d be good enough to join you but I’d find out before booking transport.

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