For a few days I’ve been peppering some of the smartest people I know with this question. Here’s what they said. You’re a grownup when…
* You know there are many things much more important than yourself.
* You’re willing to say “I was wrong.”
* You’re attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world.
* You forgive the carelessness of the young, regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth.
* You finally realize you have no one to complain to.
Growing up is a choice. The journey begins with the simplest of steps: identifying your values, then acting accordingly. This means jettisoning the excuses that have previously blocked your path (“I’m too tired,” “I don’t have the time,” etc.). And then the tricky part: doing all this while retaining your sense of humor. Few accomplish these goals. (Total success would mean being something on the order of a saint.) But the important thing is to point yourself in the right direction and start marching.
Steven Slon, Editor, AARP The Magazine
"What is a Grownup?"
Yeah... taking responsibility and retaining one's sense of humor is definitely right at the top of the list....
More grownup stuff: 50 Things You Need to Know by 50
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