Sometimes Being a Grown-Up Means…

Being (genuinely) happy when good things happen for other people.

Using a lint roller to look more presentable.

Learning from past mistakes.

Not wishing that you looked like someone else, were someone else, had someone else’s brains, body, bank account, job, etc.

Eating your vegetables.

Being flexible (and this has nothing to do with yoga, but more to do with giving and taking.)

Being fifteen minutes early (not late) for work.

Wearing sunscreen.

Not always having to get your own way.

Being honest about your flaws, and either embracing them or changing them.

Giving up on always being right.

Putting up with people and/or things that you don’t like (with a smile.)

Paying your bills (on time.)

Overlooking others faults and trusting that they’re probably just trying to do their best too.

Admitting when you’re wrong (and apologizing.)

Remembering your loved ones birthdays.

Giving up your seat on the train, bus, etc. for an elderly, disabled, or pregnant person (happily not grudgingly.)

Making sure to eat breakfast in the morning.

Not blaming other people for your problems.

Taking care of yourself emotionally and physically.


Drinking responsibly.

Going to work even when you don’t feel well.

Respecting other people’s time.

Listening (really listening) without thinking about what you’re going to say next.

~The End.

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41 thoughts on “Sometimes Being a Grown-Up Means…

  1. Very true Sarah – pity the new generation here have no manners or saving graces!!! 😦

    Love and hugs to ya both! πŸ™‚


  2. This post definitely qualifies you as a grown-up – hope it gets wide exposure – a lot of not-so-grown-up folks could benefit from your wisdom!

  3. Reblogged this on Koshenya Says and commented:
    This is one of my favorite blogs. While it doesn’t have anything at all to do with MapleStory, these basic principles are important for everyone.

  4. As I read the list, I noticed a few (ok..quite a few:) things I need to work on. I especially love the first one. Being genuinely happy for people when good things happen to them can change your life. It will make you a happier person in general, and you might even start noticing all the great things that happen to you too!

    I agree with the part about how we should stop wanting to be someone else/have their job/bank account, etc. Dr. Seuss put it so well when he said that ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.’

    Thanks for this post! I feel motivated to be a better person…and more grown up πŸ™‚

  5. Hi. I saw your article “Seven Things That Are Underrated,” and decided to pop over here and visit. That article was a treat, and I agree about almost all of those things. Then I had to read this one as well. Both of these articles are delightfully refreshing. You have a great take on life and what “happiness” is really all about. Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed,” and the best of success in finishing your degree.

  6. Can I add a few?
    -Hugging your wife
    -Hugging your kids
    -Hugging yourself
    Now that I think on it, probably some (or all) of these are in your post in one way or another. Another very good post!

  7. Love this post, so true and inspiring.
    I’ve really enjoyed reading through your blog, you write so well!
    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    Best wishes from a budding journalist πŸ˜€

  8. So full of wisdom and humor and I love it! I especially love the first one and the “being flexible” and accepting one’s self! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this!

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