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Ben Moore, Staff Writer
Adulting is something that we all must face. One day, we all walk down a stage, get handed a piece of paper that tells us, "You don’t suck”, and we are thrust into the real world of taxes, jobs, and unplanned pregnancies. Suddenly, you don’t have your parents to cover for you anymore. You have to get a job to pay for basic survival, as well as the greatest ponzi scheme known to man: college. However, all is not lost. If you can learn to master the art of adulting, you can save yourself from much pain and suffering.
First, be polite to people. Nobody likes a mook. If you show common respect and decency to your fellow human beings, they will treat you the same. As my momma always told me, “If you don’t pop nobody’s bubble, they won’t pop your's."
Some feel that there is no way that they can get through adulthood, so they try to escape the symptoms as quickly as possible, shutting off the outside world. Maddie Hansen, sophomore, likes to make deals with people to do things for her, saying “I get my brother to do my homework and I mow the lawn.” While adulthood denial can be very intense in sophomores, some have it so bad that by the time they are seniors, they're just burnt out. Shayla Wimmer, a senior at Herriman, is at a loss for words. “I just don’t know”, she stammered when asked about adulting.
While some prefer to deny the looming struggles of adulthood, others confront it head on. Makenzie Manning, a junior, is one of the few.
“I just confront [responsibilities]. Get them out of the way."
While Makenzie is valiant for confronting the ugliness of adulthood, people like her are few and far between. These souls are often years ahead of their peers, and tend to be much more successful according to the world’s view. But they are starving in terms of soul. They lack the very essence of what makes us human. The laughter of a newlywed couple. The tears of a mother holding her newborn. The tears of a young man dealing with rejection. These are the things that fill and enrich the soul. True adulthood robs these things from the lives of many young people globally.
The inescapable disease of adulthood is not something to be celebrated, it is something to be avoided, to stay away from, to curse. Adulthood cannot be completely escaped, for we all, someday, will reach a point in our lives where it is no longer idealistic to run. That is a great and terrible day, to be especially sorrowed over. However, that day can be delayed years, and decades even. Some may never reach that day, for they pass on before responsibility catches up to them, even while living to an old age. These are the mighty among us, the glorious champions of the human race.