Friday, July 31, 2009

Never Never Land

As some of you may know and most of you don't, I am on the cusp of turning eighteen. By birthday is a week from tomorrow, and, if you want the truth, I"m dreading it.

Not my birthday, per se. I love birthdays. They come with presents and cake--and who can hate cake?--and family and fun! I love that stuff. I never dread that stuff. It would just make me inhuman.

The truth? I dread the number. 18. Officially and legally an adult.


This might make me seem crazy, but I have no desire to be an adult. Not that I"m irresponisble. I'm frequently told that I'm quite mature for my age. But the number itself seems so...boring. Is that strange? Maybe its the YA writer in me, but I love being seventeen. I love being a technical child. I love the freedom and craziness that is associated with the number--even if I, uber-responsible, grownup teenager, don't always embrace it.

Most of my friends were stoked to turn eighteen. They saw it as an escape. As a chance to be grown up. They saw it as some great new adventure. Fun. But not for me. I'm already doing all of the things I want to do--going to college, pursuing my writing dream--so why grow up? Why give up childhood?

I"m babbling. I know this all too well, but its true. Now I"m trying to make the best of my last few weeks of childhood and dreading the day I become an--ugh--adult.

So tell me, friends, how did--or will--you feel about turning eighteen? Happy? Sad? Indifferent? Let me know.


MeganRebekah said...

I love turning eighteen because I was already away at college. It was rough being the only underage one.
Now if I could stay at one age it wouldn't be 17 or even 21. I would probably pick 24. I think once I hit 25 that's when it felt like it was all downhill.

Amanda J. said...

It's just a number. I saw 18 as 'thank you I'm free of high school BS' so yea, obviously we're different. But it's just the age of your body, not your mind or your heart or your soul.

If you want to be a kid forever, then no one's going to stop you. Your age doesn't define you. I'm pushing 20, I still feel like I'm 17, and I was always the mature one too. So, don't fret. Be who you wanna be and don't let your age get in the way of that.

You're about to start college. Get ready for it! :)

MeganRebekah said...

Ooops... My first sentence should have read "I loved turning eighteen*

Alas, I am not in a cycle of perpetual eighteenth birthdays.

Lunar Amyscope said...

Here's the thing. Whether you're 17, 18, 21, 25, 35, 50, or 65, you'll be in the mindframe of 'I'm me.' Even though we change tremendously through the years, there are some things that, in my opinion, never change. So really, I'm gonna go with the cliche 'age doesn't matter.'

Humans are so hell bent on assigning certain mindsets to age. You're not gonna be 'an 18 year old'. You're gonna be Kody, and you will have happened to inhabit this earth at this time for 18 years.

Uh yeaaaaaah I'm a hippie.

Kaitlin Ward said...

I was fine about turning 18. Although I was one of the older ones in my class, so I turned 18 in September of my senior year of high school. It didn't feel like I was all that old (except once when I told someone I was 18, and then had a moment of panic where I thought I lied to them, because it didn't seem right.)

I did cry when I turned 20, though. And I will be upset when I turn 25 in just over a year (I'm already upset in anticipation).

It's totally normal to feel upset about it though. You are not the only one :D

Chanelley said...

I couldn't wait to turn 18. But now I look back at it, there isn't really much I did then that I hadn't done already. It was just being legal to do it. I don't want to get any older than 21, though. I want to be this age forevvvvvver.

Kody Mekell Keplinger said...

Haha. Thanks guys. Well, I guess I am crazy after all. :D I just love seventeen. Its a good age to be.

Race said...

On your 18th birthday you'll realize nothing has changed at all. You are still Kody, and it takes more than a number for a person to turn from the fun-loving kid to an adult. (Not to say adults aren't fun-loving!).

Take me, for instance... Do I, like, EVER act like an adult?


Anonymous said...

Age is nothing more than a number and shouldn't be something you fear or view negatively. Turning "18" shouldn't change who you are and if it does - time for some serious self-reflection! ;-)

Happy 18th!

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