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A SHARP LIFE: Adulting is the real deal

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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:30 am

Sometimes it amazes me at how sharp young kids’ minds are, and how much they remember with vivid detail. I marvel at this, but then it occurs to me that this is probably what my brain was like before I had to start participating in life as a fully-functioning (or close to it) member of society.

The mind of a child is wonderfully unencumbered, and that is how it should be. There’s plenty to think about when you get to be an adult, the longer that a kid can operate without carrying all that around the better. To be clear I’m not making the case that my kids should still be living in my house well into their adult years, I’m just saying while they are actually kids, I think it’s good for them to be kids.

Thanks to the millennial generation we now have a term for all of the stuff that you don’t have to worry about when you are a kid – adulting. Adulting is of course a fun term, but then again it’s what previous generations just referred to as the “real world.”

I pondered this phenomenon the other day when one of my children started telling me, with incredible detail and clarity, about something that happened several days ago. At 42 not only do I not remember what happened a few days ago, I’m not entirely sure what happened just before I typed this sentence. There’s so much stuff fighting for attention in my brain right now I’m not sure how I get anything done.

Present circumstances aside, I feel fairly confident that my mind used to operate much better before it was so fully occupied. When I was a kid, they had these commercials where they would show an egg and say, “This is your brain.” Then they would show a fried egg and say, “This is your brain on drugs.” I kind of think there should be one of those for becoming an adult too. In this commercial you’d see an egg, and they’d say, “This is your brain.” Then they could crack an egg and start scrambling it while the narrator said, “This is your brain with a job, and a mortgage, and deductibles, and a retirement plan, and a fence that needs to be repaired, and car repairs, and income taxes, and a side hustle, and kids, and life insurance.” The commercial could keep listing things for a lot longer than 30 seconds, but I think people would get the idea.

Now, if I could just remember what I was doing before I started writing this column.

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