Learning from children: Who is an adult?

Currently, I am living with my brother’s family. It is my privilege to live with them. There were a time, I was house sitting for a friend for a month. One day, I missed my niece and nephew so much so I called my niece. Following was the conversation I had with her.

Me: I miss you all.
Niece: yes. I miss you too.
Me: I am so bored. Can you play with me?
Niece: That’s what kids would say.

Wow. My niece taught me that adults should know how to manage their own feelings and emotions. Not to rely on others to feel better. This raised a question: What’s being an adult? The notion of adulthood might depending on how each in person defines it.

Adulthood is not an age, but a stage of knowledge of self.

John Howles

Welcome to adulthood. Every child finds a day when the realise that adults can be weak and wrong just like everyone else. After that day, you are an adult. Like it or not.

Peter V. Brett

The great challenge of adulthood is holding to your idealism after you lose your innocence.

Bruce Springsteen

The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life.

Darren Hardy

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice – that is, until we have stopped saying It got lost, and say, I lost it.

Sydney J. Harris

For me being an adult is to have a sense of responsibility about my life, my act, my behaviour. It is my responsibility to show young ones that I take full responsibility of my emotions and feelings.

What is being an adult mean to you?
Who’s an adult?
How would you show your adulthood?

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