Husband and I were talking a while back about the fact that a friend of ours had asked me to pass along his hello to someone else. (Follow all that?)
“Why? Does he like her or something?”
“Not like that,” I replied. “She’s an adult.”
“Well, what does that make us?“
Oh. Good point.
I seem to be stuck in the thinking that everyone older than me is an adult, and everyone younger is a kid. It’s incredibly self-centered and simplified, and not really accurate.
But is there a word for being in your 20s and 30s? Or rather, is there a word to distinguish that age group from people in their 40s and 50s? And that age group from older ones, and so on, and so forth?
Sometimes the age differences – particularly regarding life experience – seem vast, necessitating a way to differentiate.
But other times, age is truly just a number.
So maybe it’s the terminology.
Maybe it’s the mindset.
Or maybe I just need to get more sleep and stop overthinking adulthood.