adulthood

Monday, July 31st, 2017 10:46 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
[personal profile] kate_nepveu
I generally don't feel old or even middle-aged (elementary-school kids are a good antidote to that, for me). But it seems appropriate to note the one time recently when I genuinely felt like an adult:

I finished T. Kingfisher's Summer in Orcus, in which Baba Yaga grants the eponymous Summer her heart's desire, and because I'm a daydreamer I set about deciding what my heart's desire would be. And after not very much thought, I concluded that the genuine wish of my heart . . .

. . . was to live in a post-scarcity society.

And that's when I said to myself, boy, I'm not even remotely a candidate to be the protagonist of an adventure novel any more. (Not that I ever was. But still.)

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 03:17 am (UTC)
yhlee: (AtS no angel (credit: <user name="helloi)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I knew I was an adult a few years back when we bought our first washer and dryer and this was super exciting.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
May Baba Yaga find you and grant you that wish.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 04:08 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Going out to search for and/or create a post-scarcity society sounds as though it would make a pretty good adventure novel to me, actually.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
rushthatspeaks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rushthatspeaks
Sorry, that was me and it logged me out in the middle of posting the comment.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 04:30 am (UTC)
lilysea: Serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
I think my hearts desire is a cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Ideally, for everyone on the planet.

Failing that, that mine be cured.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 04:36 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Yeah, that sounds familiar. May you have your wish! I'd like it, too.

When I turned 36--which is not your current age, I know--I was working on a university campus and had the repeated reflection that not only was I double the age of the average inbound frosh, I could be their parent legally (no hypothetical statutory violation or whatever). Age of my own child notwithstanding, seeing young people everywhere daily took on a different cast. *shrugs* I think I'm just glad not to feel old yet from health issues?
Edited (hit Post too soon) Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 04:37 am (UTC)

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 05:41 am (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
. . . was to live in a post-scarcity society.

I hope you get it.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 06:06 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: Minoan lady watching the Thera eruption (Lady and Eruption)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
That''s a good wish.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
oracne: turtle (Default)
From: [personal profile] oracne
That is a lovely wish.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
jreynoldsward: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jreynoldsward
I like that wish.

As I approach my seventh decade (OMG! I never thought I'd be saying THAT), I find that I appreciate relative economic stability and the idea of a post-scarcity economy a lot more appealing.

Still, I do play out the scenarios in my head, if only for self-defense purposes. And I do have moments where I pull myself up and go "huh? I'm really that old? My parents seemed SO MUCH OLDER at this age." That said, they went through the Depression and WWII, and had more health issues. I'm fortunate and admit it's sheer luck.

But a post-scarcity society sounds marvelous. Really marvelous.

Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Elderly smiling white woman captioned "When I was your age I had to walk ten miles in the snow to get stoned & have sex" (old fogey)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Ah yes, so did my folks--and they also experienced the WPA and government as a positive force and pulling together "for the duration"

Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 03:52 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
It does make you eligible to be a character in a Culture or Star Trek story... which would be pretty neat.

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