Becoming an adult

Reflections on aging

What does it mean to grow up? What does it mean to become an adult?

These are two questions I’ve grappled with more recently. At 26, I’m no longer as much of the idealistic, starry-eyed girl I was throughout my teens and earlier twenties. I no longer believe in limitless success and opportunity or that if you only have the courage to pursue your dreams, you’ll accomplish more than you’d believe.

I don’t know if giving up ideas like “if you work hard enough, you’ll make it” or “if you never give up, you’ll make it”…