Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adult Swim

Happy Birthday Dad!

I appreciate everything you've done for our family and all the sacrifices you've made. From moving to America on your own to study before bringing over the rest of the family, to being gone all the time on business trips when I was growing up in order to provide for us. Years later I understand and respect you even more, and my only hope is that as your son I make you proud.

Happy Birthday!

Now...

When did you realize you were an adult? A full fledged adult that has all the responsibilities that go with being considered one?

My realization came a little over two years ago, when my dad was laid off from his job of 17 years. This job was the reason my family moved to Michigan, and how my parents were able to raise my sister and I. It's a sobering experience when you realize you may potentially need to provide for the rest of your family for an interim or prolonged period of time. Living on my own 500 miles away from my parents at 24 with problems of my own, this is not something you envision that would happen, but that's life...and sadly this is the case for many people out in the world who are worse off.

Mentally, I am like this

Fortunately, everything's worked out for my dad and he found a job within 6 months. However, this experience made me realize two things:

1. Companies do not care about you. Unless you're friends with the boss or close to the Board of Directors, the time and work you've done at a company matters much less than the bottom line. If they can save money they'll dump you for someone younger and hungrier. Great for people my age and up, but not so much after a certain point. With that, get yours when you can...don't be afraid to take risks to better your situation, even if that means changing jobs or moving cities/countries. Companies are only loyal to the bottom line.

2. Contrary to how I perceive myself, HOLY SHIT I'M AN ADULT!!! At some point I'll have to support someone other than myself. I'm turning 27 soon...and this completely blows my mind. I still make fart and poop jokes, make comments with sophomoric sexual innuendo, my favorite comeback is "Your mom," and I watch cartoons. When did this happen?

Now I'm wearing suits, going to weddings, running programs, and working full-time

Life is kind of an oxymoron though. I see kids these days and I start to get Clint Eastwood Syndrome.

What is Clint Eastwood Syndrome?

Four words: "Get off my lawn."

Yeah I'm talkin' to you...punk.

It's funny and hypocritical because kids will be kids and the trouble they get themselves into is what I used to do, and I still do some of those things...but then my adult sensibilities kick in and I unfortunately have to stop the troublemaking...sigh. Nothing beats an adrenaline rush though.

They don't play oldies here in Australia, but I remember hearing Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Offspring on the oldies radio station before I left America and that made me sad...it's already been 20 years since 1990! 20 years since TMNT was on TV and in a few years, Power Rangers, Doug, Rugrats, when MTV still played music and more....what the hell?

The bright side of being an adult is you make decisions on your own...like moving to Australia. If you have no obligations the world is yours to seize. Anyways, it's always nice to reminisce about the past, but since it already happened you can't change it...you can only move forward and make the best of the time you have left in this short life.

Like spending a day BBQing at the beach with good people

3 Comments:

At November 28, 2010 at 5:10 PM , Blogger jinny said...

They re-play those old shows. Stumbled across a re-vamped 'all-new' Power Rangers episode with friends one day. We watched just for kicks. It was the OLD episodes with some snazzy 'new' graphics - old school Batman style. Hilarious!

I knew I was an adult around 19. I had become a teacher and a company-employed baby-sitter, and I had to set boundaries with kids. At 21, I was helping my sister learn to drive. Responsibility comes to people at different ages.

 
At November 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Howard said...

They're tarnishing it!

In hindsight, doesn't that seem like such a young age?

 
At November 29, 2010 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Anna Wu said...

Love reading your blog and second Ho Chie's tweet. I am glad to see what you've been doing and what you do. Keep on keepin on.

 

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