Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hitched and On The Run

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"We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - that is, until we have stopped saying 'It got lost', and say, 'I lost it.'" - Sidney J. Harris
Over the weekend, I attended my friend's engagement party. The two of them have known each other for years as good friends but only 'became an item' last year. He proposed to her on a very romantic and significant venue. She said yes, she chose the ring (a wise move on her part) and they are heading off to London together to live for a year happily ever after. The party itself was full of chatter, light music, yummy cake and well wishes for the soon-to-be-married couple. Overall, a fantastic evening.

This was the first engagement party I had been to so I had to consciously remind myself  that it was not a birthday party and to burst out a rendition of "Happy Birthday" when the fiancees were making 'Thank You' speeches, would be highly inappropriate and embarrassing. Even though it was like any other party where one mingles with guests, sips champagne and hovers over the finger foods (okay, the last one is just for me), I couldn't help but acknowledge one significant aspect of the evening the most- not just for the happy couple but also for friends and those guests who were of similar ages to us.

This party was just another reminder that adulthood had snuck up upon us, faster than you can say "I do". For me, the past couple of years have been a fast blur of significant events - 21st birthday celebrations, becoming engaged, getting married, graduating from university, starting full-time jobs, moving out of home and living overseas. This is the beginning of a time that grounds itself on independence, commitment, responsibility... and great risks - an unfamiliar territory for most young adults. No more reliance can be placed on our parents (or anyone else for that matter) to oversee our actions. We are responsible for the decisions we make and, I hope, we are smart enough to make the correct ones, or at the very least, take the appropriate actions to rectify those that aren't.

We are adults - a daunting and uncertain position in life. But, nonetheless, a position that we must embrace. Very quickly.

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