“While you don’t have to become an “adult”, try to become someone who takes responsibility for your own words and actions… though that’s probably even more difficult…” – Mayuko Shiraki, Fruits Basket
This quote made me stop and think. (Quite literally. People were wondering why I was staring at the same page for the last 10 minutes… did I really read that slow? :P)
When you enter adulthood, you do not automatically become a responsible person.
Growing into an adult is easy. Because adulthood is defined as a certain age or the amount of time that has passed. This is something that can’t be controlled and is inevitable.
Being responsible can be difficult. It isn’t something that happens as you wait. There is no outside force which makes it happen automatically. You have to make the effort to grow and learn.
Being responsible means accepting that you have full control over your actions and responses. It means if you make a mistake, you acknowledge it. It means you don’t blame others or external factors for how you are. It means, despite life throwing things at us which we can’t control, you accept that you still have the ability to take life by the reins and navigate it whichever way you wish… or not even navigate at all.
It’s easy to enter adulthood. But accepting full responsibility for ourselves… that’s a little harder.