A boy's thoughts on (not) growing up
I read a quote from someone the other day that said, “[A]s a rule, boys are simply not growing up as fast as girls.” I’m probably not the best person to ask, but if you did ask me, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.
So I got to thinking, as I often do, about how that accurately describes me too. I’m not growing up all that quickly.
Pastor’s kid/Philosophy major that I am, I had to ask… why?
I came back with one answer. And I’ve already written about that answer twice:
Stereotype it might be, but general truth it is.
Think about those motivations, and think about which one wants to grow up. Actually, before you do that, consider what it means to “grow up.”
Whether it’s true or not, we assume growing up means moving toward stability, responsibility, and security while youth – or not growing up – means motion, adventure, and excitement.
And we assume we can’t have both. So…
Girls want security. Boys want excitement. <<That’s why girls grow up faster than boys.
For a boy to grow up, something has to convince him either that security is better than excitement or that growing up, not youth, is actually more exciting.
That’s el problemo.