Growing Up

The rose-tinted glasses of childhood don’t last forever.

There comes a point in our lives when we have to grow up and leave infantile ideologies behind. As per the ever-popular Biblical quote from 1 Corinthians 13:11,

‘When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.’

I always thought I understood this passage, but every time I feel that I’ve fully explored what it means, I discover a new interpretation, one that relates to a different aspect of it and speaks to whatever is the prominent feature in my life at that moment.

Case in point: sometimes friendships we treasured and valued in childhood, no longer serve us in adulthood. As our time on Earth is finite, it’s important to look forward. Something – or someone – that may have felt integral to our existence during one chapter of our lives sometimes doesn’t make it into the next chapter. In situations like this, we have to look back on the memories fondly and appreciate them for what they were at the time, and simultaneously look forward with hope and optimism. The older I get, the less afraid I am to close the door to situations that don’t serve me. It’s part of life.

On a different note, one of my closest friends celebrated her birthday this past weekend, and at the same time, we toasted to over 20 years (and counting!) of our friendship. I hope the rose-tinted glasses of our bond (though slightly old and tarnished through life experience) never wear out.

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