Somewhere just deathward of thirty, I began realzing that there were a lot of little things that I never learned about functioning well as a grown-up. And I realized that learning these things would probably improve my life quite a bit. Not because I would look less awkward or commit fewer faux pas (though that would be great), but because I felt that having a solid idea of what to do in any given situation would leave me less to worry about. Which means less anxiety. And more freedom to just be. I also saw that little growths all the way around would likely make me a more pleasant person and improve my relationships.
So last year (sparing you the long story), the dude and I decided to theme our year “year of the grown up”. He had landed his first dress-up job and we had just moved to a new country and there were lots of changes afoot. I think he kind of lost track of the idea in all the bustle, but it stuck for me, and as soon as I started, I. was. hooked. It seemed like every day I thought of more life-things I wanted to grow in.
As I talked to people, I saw that I wasn’t alone. It seems many of us are a little reticent to say that we really aren’t sure about certain things. And now that I’m looking for it, rarely a day passes in which I don’t see evidences of our stumbly tries at adulthood or notice a situation where a little grown-up coaching would be appreciated.
At the core of it, I realized most of us have things about the grown-up world that we aren’t yet proficient in. Some of us feel more fishoutofwater than others, but most of us have gaps in our schema that, if we grew in them, would probably improve our life. When we have questions we can search the interwebs (often in vain), but what about those things we don’t know to ask? My hope is that Project Grown-Up will become a conversation in all we have left to learn.
My goal is for Project Grown-Up to:
- Be a repository of information and quality resources for adult-world navigation.
- Encourage and facilitate actually changing in these areas.
- Be a place we can air our ignorances, and end them.
Sooo… Do you have anything already running through your head that you’d like to know? If so, give me a shout! You can comment below or send a message via the comment form. I’d love to hear from you!