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It's a weird feeling... kind of a lost feeling. Does anyone else go through that sometimes?
 

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Yeah! I still often feel like I'm about 12 or 13 ... being expected to act like a responsible adult, yet still feeling like a kid inside. Yes, pretty much 24/7 I feel this way.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Marie</i><br><br><b>Does anyone else go through that sometimes?</b></div>
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Only when I'm awake.<br><br><br><br>
But hey, why do we have to be all grown up all the time? I'm twenty... er... something... But mess with my video games and I'll kick your shins in. And what's that over there? A pile of old unpaid bills? Interesting...<br><br><br><br>
I think it's important to embrace the child that remains in all of us, so that when it wants to get out to play, it can do so in a healthy manner, and then when it's time for the adult to take over, blah blah psychobabble... You know what I'm saying, right? right???
 

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Yeah!!! Recess....Playtime!!!<br><br><br><br>
No really, just almost time for my lunch break but I'm going shopping.<br><br><br><br>
Wanna really get that kid feeling??? Next time you are walking like from your car to the grocery store or whatever start skipping. Just outta nowhere start skipping. It is the most awesome fun feeling partly because of the looks you get and partly because of that memory you have of doing it when you were a kid.<br><br><br><br>
Yup, people don't skip enough. Or climb trees and jump rope enough IMO.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, I'm a big kid with finger-paints...watch out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i hear ya on the "playing adult" thing. i still feel like a kid in many ways. sometimes i feel like such a fake. i remember when i was working in a hospital as a counselor i felt like it was very surreal as i sat there running groups or individaul counseling sessions. i thought it was crazy that i had that kind of power and that i shouldnt be trusted with such a thing as i felt like it was an "adult" thing to be trusted with!!!! big "L" on my forehead!!!
 

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I don't even know what being an adult is suppose to feel like. Does it mean just plodding along locked into obligation and habit?<br><br>
That thought just depressed me. Maybe it means being dedicated to creating something that expresses excellence and/ or beauty in this world. Perhaps it means living with integrity and character even when no one else is watching. That feels better to me.<br><br>
I don't think it has anything to do with pretending to have all the answers.
 

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I agree with Baby.<br><br><br><br>
There is no difference or division between children and adults. What there <b>is</b> is a continuum of learning and knowhow. In actuality, neither the concept of "child" nor "adult" well-describes what one truly is, nor well-describes how one should feel, or be.<br><br><br><br>
I don't feel any different now about who I am, at age 55, than I did at age 16. I know a little bit more about how to get along with people, but I have the same ideas regarding what responsibilities I have toward others, and toward myself.
 

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The concepts of "child" and "adult" are <b>impositions</b> that <b>others</b> make upon us. Neither imposition should be respected. Like all impostions, they are by definition inconsiderate, and rude. It is best to learn how to react effectively to rudeness. Yet at the same time, happiness requires that we exert a certain amount self-discipline -- for our <b>own</b> benefit. This kind of self-discipline has nothing to do with the expectations of <b>others.</b>
 

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i have to agree. there's no sense in going around in life thinking that just because you're a certain age you're obligated to act a certain way<br><br><br><br>
i tend to think everyone should be more in tune with their inner child. MRB seems to have it down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I'm newly an adult... I think...maybe not. I just moved out to go to school last september. In this year I've learned a lot about myself, so maybe that's what being an adult is. Just knowing yourself.
 

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LF writes:<br><br><br><br>
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MRB seems to have it down<br><br>
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And MRB seems to be someone that other people trust with their life-savings! That seems to indicate that she has the right attitude!
 

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I didn't "feel" like an adult until I was 25 and had a good job. But even still, I act like a kid around authority. I call people "Mrs." and "Mr." even if everyone else uses their first name, or I call my professors, "Professor Smith" even when everyone else calls them John or whatever. I never feel right calling my friends parents by their first names.<br><br><br><br>
I feel like a sub-adult because I am younger, unmarried, don't have kids, lower status job than the others I deal with. But I am slowly getting over that. I wish I genuinely felt like a kid more often. I need to loosen up.
 

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its so weird for me to be Ms at work...although I am an "adult" whatever that is exactly, it just doesn't feel right to be Ms!!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Seadolphin</i><br><br><b>its so weird for me to be Ms at work...although I am an "adult" whatever that is exactly, it just doesn't feel right to be Ms!!</b></div>
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I hate being called, "Ma'am"!<br><br><br><br>
ETA- Like Soilman, most of my ideas and general qualities are the same as when I was 16. The main difference is that I have become more responsible and more self-confident over time.
 

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Can I just say how much I love soilman's advice? His posts are always thoughtful and articulate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Max Power</i><br><br><b>You know what I'm saying, right? right???</b></div>
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Okay. *g*
 

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I think the responsibility is getting to me. I sometimes feel overwhelmed and I wish someone else would take over. Hopefully the feeling won't last.
 

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Responsibilty is always going to be there. The hardest part is living in the now and not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. That's the biggest challenge for me. I have less of an overwhelmed feeling when I find myself not worrying about tomorrow.
 

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Yeah.<br><br><br><br>
One of my problems is I think too far ahead and over-analyze everything.
 
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