Observations from the other side

There have been moments in my life where I have realized “Wow. I’m definitely an adult now…” Every once in a while I’ll just be going about my life, then something will happen and I’ll realize with a little laugh that your reactions to things change as you get older- things that would have been deathly embarrassing at one time in your life are now just commonplace, or have become things that you can laugh about.
When I was younger, my mom had this nasal spray for allergies, that I thought was just the most disgusting thing ever, like “Ew! You put that up your nose and now you’re leaving it on the shelf in the bathroom, gross!” Now that I’m an adult, I have Flonase. Flonase is my best friend some days. I was at an SCA event a couple of years ago, and a guy in my encampment caught me shooting it up my nose, and just nodded at me and said “Flonase…” with a look and tone that said “ah yes, the nectar of the gods…” and not even a hint of “Ew!” because as adults we know that sometimes shooting crap up your nose is a good thing.
I’ve had a cold for about a week now, though I’m definitely on the mend. I was talking to a friend online last night, saying my stomach was feeling a little iffy, and he suggested Tums. I was like, “I have Tums!” like it was the greatest thing ever. It struck me that I always thought of Tums as something older people had in their medicine cabinets (which is dumb, but it’s what I thought), and so wow, I was old.
When you’re an adult, you can act like a 13 year old boy and call your friend and say “Dude. When I was leaving tonight, I farted in the elevator and it sounded exactly like [insert thing here]” and it could quite possibly make your friend’s day (though I don’t recommend doing this while driving because hysterical laughter and safe driving don’t really go well together). You can never do that when you’re a teen. Maybe, just maybe with your best friend, but probably not even then. I think even now those things are best kept among close friends, but the point is that you can share them.
I’m currently overdosing on the song “Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds, the chorus of which is “Everybody knows it hurts to grow up, but everybody does”. And I can definitely attest that growing up sucks, and it’s hard, and you don’t like it a lot of the time, but it does make for fun little revelations sometimes.