12, 23, 42

April 2, 2010

Our homogenous contemporary culture lacks a notable transition into adulthood. We are eased into this reality like a prisoner in the colosseum; its all dark hallways till, before you know it, you’re center ring fighting for your life.

A civil war with yourself.

Some time between learning to operate a 2-ton piece of machinery, becoming the socially acceptable age to invest in pornography, and the bouncers no longer checking my ID at the bar, I think it happened. I’m pretty sure it happened. No, I’m certain it did…

Although, I must admit, being given the ability to purchase tobacco products had nothing to do with it– this peculiar transition. I think, for me, it was somewhere between the high school and college diplomas. Between the first love, the long distance relationship, and the  live-in-boyfriend. It was somewhere between Tyrone the beta fish, and my incredibly high-maintenence dog. Between going on tour with a band, and paying the gas company. It was somewhere in between skipping class for the beach, and going into work on a 78 degree day in April.

Somewhere along the way I either got my priorities very straight. Or very crooked. And perhaps maturity wraps itself up like a gift, presenting itself on the day I figure out which.

But I’m not holding my breath.

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.    [[StillLifeWithWoodpecker.TomRobbins]]


2 Responses to “12, 23, 42”

  1. BathtubGym Says:


    I like the blog. Keep going! Just finishing “Jitterbug Perfume” for the 3rd time myself.

    “It is never too late to have a happy childhood” – Tom Robbins.

    I have learned;

    You can be responsible and still party.

    You can payback people and companies you said you would would pay back.

    I it is important to ensure that the “work/payout” relationship is in your favor.

    You will meet the people you like to hang around, by doing the things you like to do.

    I have learned to surround myself with honest people. Integrity is a stronger attribute for a relationship than a warm shoulder to cry on or a cool friend who makes you look good.

    Blessed are the people who are responsible, with high integrity, and still have the heart of a child.

    Love your nun

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