Remember in elementary school when your teacher assigned you the task of writing a paper titled, "What I did on my summer break," or "When I grow up I want to be..."? I was thinking about that this morning as I mixed two cereals for breakfast.
What? Mixing cereals? From two different cereal boxes?
Maybe that's not so shocking to you, but as I'm in my mid-thirties now, I'm realizing that I have the say in the choices I make. The big stuff I understood a decade ago, but the little stuff is only now becoming clear to me. I find I'm struck at the most random moments by these realities, and they make me laugh.
Turns out, I'm an adult and all the choices I make are my responsibility.
So are the consequences.
Here is a short list of said realities:
1. I can mix cereals for breakfast.
2. I can eat cereal for every meal of the day.
3. I can eat in the living room without asking for permission (granted, I am over 16, which was the age of eating-in-the-living-room inclusion in my household growing up).
4. I can stay up really late (despite my dad's old caution, "nothing good ever happens after midnight.").
5. If I make a mistake, I will still be able to go to my friend's house to play.
6. Hard work does pay off.
7. I can say "no."
8. Love won't pay the bills, but it will tuck you in at night.
9. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to throw stuff out the window of a moving vehicle, even if it is biodegradable.
10. Friends are as good as family.