Apparently, I have some growing up to do.
So do my fellow housemates at Project Southsea.
On New Years Day my housemates, C & R, as well as R’s girlfriend, all sat around chatting. We all were returning to work the next day and so were relaxing in our living room.
We were talking about our friend Dean.
A private joke between us all is that Dean loves to roll dice. I don’t have time to explain the reasons behind the joke (if you are really interested then feel free to email me & I’ll explain all).
Turns out that we all brought Dean Christmas gifts with a dice theme. From us he received Yahtzee, Furry Dice, The Dice Man novel, a show called Dice on DVD as well as various other Dice themed treats.
We thought it was hilarious.
R’s girlfriend, who is older than us all, did not.
“It’s not actually that funny you know. Dean brought you all really nice gifts and you all basically just took the piss…You boys should really grow up a bit…”
I was shocked.
So shocked I almost choked on my lolly pop!
C & R were equally perturbed.
However I couldn’t help but notice R subtly covering up his Power Rangers t-shirt whilst C very candidly turned the TV over from Spiderman cartoons to Sky Sports News.
She had struck a nerve.
Sitting around the following evening, us boys started talking.
We agreed that we all can be quite childish at times, maybe we should try and grow up a little.
It was then we made a decision. One that could possibly shape the course of 2013 for all 3 of us…
You see, rather than making New Year’s resolutions, we agreed to draw up what we have dubbed The ‘Grown Up’ list.
The Grown Up list will be a doctrine listing the behaviours that we wish to cut out in 2013 in order to be taken seriously as the adults that we supposedly are.
The plan is for us all to sit down on Sunday night and each make 7 submissions to the list.
I have been thinking about this today and have come up with the following for myself:
1) I shall stop eating dry Rice Krispies for dinner.
2) No more fist-bumping. A proper grown-up would shake hands, give a hearty backslap or hug. Maybe even a mixture of all 3. This is especially true for when I visit my Grandparents.
3) Whilst I am going to continue to drink chocolate Nesquik, I will stop drinking it through a bright curly straw.
4)From now on, all pairs of socks will be matching. I will also stop wearing socks with holes in them.
5) I must remember that offering to go to Cascades (those of you from across the Pond would call it ‘The Mall’), to sit at the Fountain and quietly mock passers-by is not an appropriate suggestion for a date when you are a grown up.
6)I will stop putting on various fake accents and inventing elaborate fake personas when I am alone with taxi drivers.
7) When I see a can (or any piece for litter for that matter) I shall no longer kick it into an imaginary goal and quietly celebrate to myself.
Yes, these are 7 things that I genuinely do regularly.
So what do you guys think?
I know that everyone has to grow up eventually. Even the Rugrats had a show where they all grew up…a bit.
However, I am starting to have doubts. This whole issue has raised some questions in my mind.
Is it really my time?
I am worried that growing up like this may make me become boring. I worry that perhaps my personality is intrinsically linked to these immature acts and therefore, by curbing them, I am taking away a large part of myself. What if I wake up one day, an old and miserable man, realising too late that youth truly is wasted on the young and that I should have endeavoured to stay as youthful as I could for as long as possible?
Plus, that show where the Rugrats grew up was rubbish!
Any feedback and comments that can be provided on the matter are most welcome.
I am now even tempted to simply blow off the whole list thing and convince the others to instead spend our Sunday night feasting on Rice Krispies whilst playing GoldenEye on the N64.
But that wouldn’t be very grown up of us now would it?