Officially an Adult

It’s official!  I have finally reached what I consider “adulthood.”  A lot of people have been asking how I feel about being the big 3-0.  Honestly, I feel better now than I did when I turned 25!  Obviously that’s largely due to the fact that I’ve made some pretty major life changes recently.  But besides how I feel physically; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually I feel like I’m “there.”  I’ve always considered 30 to be the age of adulthood.  I think it has to do with the fact that you’re well out of your teens, you’ve had a chance to live out your twenty-somethings, and you should be getting to that point in your life where decisions are based on more than just a whim.

I thought I had life pretty much figured out five years ago.  I just knew where I’d be when I was 30 and I loved the idea of being there.  I had what I thought was a pretty solid plan anyway.  Everything was going according to plan when all of a sudden nothing was going according to my plan.  In fact, not one single thing recently has gone the way I saw it going five years ago.  Oddly enough though, I’m ok with that.  I’ve learned a lot about who I am and about people in general over these past five years or so.  I’ve learned that in order to succeed at something, and I mean truly succeed, you have to want it as much as your desire to breathe.  I’ve learned that people will hurt you, it’s just a matter of when and how badly.  It’s up to you to decide how you react to that hurt and from those reactions comes personal growth.

I’ve always been a believer of the old saying “everything happens for a reason.”  My only problem with that is up until now, I’ve always wanted to know what that reason was.  I know what people say the reason is; it’s because everything happens according to God’s plan.  Well, I wanted to know what his plan was for me!  While I am not 100% certain what that plan is for me exactly, I am content with knowing that I am at least on the right path.  I am able to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, while maintaining enough focus on the smaller, more detailed picture as well.  Again, I’m fairly certain this is part of that thing called adulthood smacking me right in the back of the head!

I know some of you reading this are older than me (some considerably) and may be thinking to yourselves “I tried telling him all of this, why wouldn’t he just listen to me to begin with?”  Well, you should also know the answer to that question since you’re so old and wise.  It’s because every “youngster” already knows everything and there isn’t a single person that can tell them any differently!  Everyone has to live their own life and experience certain things on their own.  I think I’ve done extremely well with trying to learn from other people’s mistakes or their life experiences.  I’ve stayed away from drugs, stayed out of jail, and generally lived my life in accordance with what society deems acceptable.  As for you readers who aren’t yet 30, well, you should get with me sometime so I can tell you some stories and try to impart my infinite wisdom upon you!

So there you have it.  I’m officially an adult!  A young adult, but an adult nonetheless.  I know that I still have a lot to learn about a lot of different things.  But with my track record, I should do just fine.  I will always try to better myself by learning more about anything and everything.  I will soak up the wisdom of my elders and I will try to pass along what I know to the younger generation.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

That’s what it’s all about. Above all else, I will continue to trust that He knows what He’s doing and try to live my life accordingly.


About John Shue

Just a normal guy in pursuit of happiness.
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