When did we grow up? How haven’t I ever noticed that life is in fast-forward?
When did we start saying, “I need to study” instead of “I have to finish my Homework”? When did we start caring about money? When did we stop buying what we’d love to have? When did we grow up?
When did friends become more than playmates? When did friends leaving become a must? When did we stop running around when it’s snowing? When did we develop that fear of slipping or breaking bones? When did we become more cautious? When did we start planning the next year, rather than the next weekend? When did sunset start meaning relief from a long day rather than sadness with the end of a playdate?
When did we drift away from our mother? When did we end up calling her, and rarely receive a call from her? When did Dad stop discussing our options with us? When did we start taking our own decisions? When did we become our own responsibility?
When did “I Love you” start meaning too much? When did our relationships move from a crush to the love of our lives? When did a serious relationship start meaning something other than bringing a beautiful valentine gift? When did we start meaning “I Love you”? When did we differentiate between like and love? When did we start imagining our lives with that one person? When did we start seeing more than looks? When did we start falling love with actions? When did love mean helplessness? When did we start loving the boy no one talked about? When did we start loving the girl that people can’t remember her name? When did we start falling in love?
When did we grow up? When did we start thinking about career, pilot projects and starting a family? When did we start drawing a timeline of our lives? When did getting married stopped being about the dress? When did graduating stopped being about the cap and gown?
We grew up without noticing, we grew up too quickly while living our days waiting to grow up. We grew up when we weren’t living our age, we grew up when we were wishing to grow up, we missed a lot to live when we were too busy dreaming, wishing and hoping to grow up. We grew up, we loved someone that broke our innocent hearts and we recovered. We learned that love is not just passion and romance, we learned that the hard way. We learned about the value of friendship when we lost some along the way. We learned about the value of studying when we failed. We stopped caring about looks when the prettiest, hurt us so hard that we still ache. We started caring about family when they were always there. We started taking our own decisions when no one could make the right one for us anymore.
We grew up, not entirely, we’re still in the process. Let’s just hope it goes slower from now…
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