On becoming a grown up

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I got back from Easter break last night and immediately began decorating my room for my roommate's 21st birthday tomorrow. As I strung up "Happy 21st Birthday, Kylie" across our door, I couldn't help but think about how weird it is that she's 18 months younger than I am -- how is it that age 21 seems young? As I was home for the weekend, I talked with my friends who are all trying to figure out what they're doing with the rest of their lives (a task that I don't think anyone, at any age, should have to figure out). Never have I been more glad for my gap year, allowing me to be essentially 24 by the time I finish my undergraduate degree.

Seeing as how 24 seems incredibly old, here's my thought process today of how I tried to determine if I'm more kid or more grown up.

More grown up: I thought Kylie turning 21 seems incredibly young, considering (as of April 1), I'm 22.5

More childish: the half year is still important to me

More grown up: I was extremely excited to wake up this morning and give my room a much-needed cleaning. I was so excited, in fact, that I went and bought a vacuum cleaner. Voluntarily. With my own money.

More childish: I exclaimed "it's so pretty!" to myself when I opened it up and realized parts of it are bright blue. Also I don't remember the last time I vacuumed our room

More grown-up: the best part of my Easter break was taking a bath with lavender essential oils

More childish: I watched "Friends" in the bathtub. With my water bottle.

More grown up: I stayed in on Saturday night because I had to wake up at 5 a.m. to open the store, even though I had plans to go to the pub with friends

More childish: I wore my hair in braided pigtails all day yesterday

More grown up: I've spent a fair amount of time this morning thinking about my yoga class this evening, and how strange it is that I'm 22 and completed a 200-hour training in something so important to me. And that I'm a lot more interested in the mind-body, somatic, spiritual experience than the sexier aspects of yoga or accomplishing really challenging, cool looking-poses.

More childish: My current plan is to use the same class I taught last week and tweak it in the 45 minutes between my dance rehearsal and teaching this evening. I could have spent the morning working on it, but instead it's almost time for rehearsal and I'm writing this blog. In my pajamas. Which should have been done yesterday.

The verdict? I guess that's up to you to decide... what's a grown up, anyway?

Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis, Luther College class of 2016, hails from Northfield, Minnesota, and majored in psychology and dance. While at Luther, she did research for the Laboratory for Investigation of the Mind, Body, and Spirit, worked as a course assistant for Health Psychology and teaches yoga at a studio in Decorah.

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  • April 13 2015 at 12:55 pm
    James Henry


  • April 19 2015 at 8:06 pm
    Well said ... Especially for such a youngster!
  • April 19 2015 at 8:32 pm
    Jim Hyatt, 1969

    I assume that was supposed to be "teaches yoga."

  • May 5 2015 at 6:30 am

    A bookmark and a tweet for this one. Thanks for sharing.

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