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Friday, May 27, 2016
The first "adulting" meme I saw was this:
I actually thought it was hilarious. Life is hard. Sometimes running away seems like a great option. But then, I started seeing more and more of them.
You get the idea. If you google "adulting memes," there are literally dozens of them. What do these messages say to our children? Many children and teens are on social media, and these memes are impossible to escape. They want to feel secure in their world, that they are being led by capable adults. How scary to think that adults wish they were children, that they don't feel capable of leading others, or they can't even function in their own lives.
It got me thinking - If social media had been around when I was growing up, I can't imagine what I would have thought if I had had messages like this posted by adults (even my own parents) that I was expected to respect.
We are responsible for raising the next generation. How can we expect them to become responsible adults when they are bombarded with these messages? Didn't we just give them an "out?" What do they have to look forward to?
My 17-year-old and I were talking about this the other day. She couldn't believe all these memes. She's actually the one who brought up adults expecting to be respected and how impossible it is when they post stuff like this. She said she sees them in a totally different light after they've posted one of these memes.
As adults, we all know that life has its ups and downs. I'm not trying to convince anyone that life is easy. But honestly, would any of us want to go back? NO! Even at 45, I wouldn't want to go back to 35, or even 25, let alone 15! We have responsibilities and bills to pay, but we grow from these experiences and learn from these challenges.
In the meme above, she's "adult" enough to drink a bottle of wine by herself, but NOT adult enough to carry on with her day. It's appalling. Give me a break! Grow up! You ARE an adult! Act like one! Show the next generation how it's done!
As an adult, I'm kind of offended that "adult" is used in a negative way. When driving down the highway and a building is titled "Adult Bookstore" or "Adult Videos," it seems to assume that all adults view pornography. It's just a little something that, as a responsible adult, annoys me.
If you actually feel this way, the adults in your newsfeed may find it humorous and even agree with you, but remember - they are very likely not the only ones reading your posts. We have a responsibility to the next generation and these memes undermine the awesomeness of adulthood. And it is awesome! Someone make a meme about it!