Read the comments as well.
This worries me a great deal. I’ve always felt like a fake adult myself…I think it’s something a lot of us carry around if we’re from the Boomer gen or after. The only solution I know is to fill your life with enough responsibility to crowd out even the expectation of “me stuff”. Then if you ever have the chance, you can actually enjoy it.
But there’s no denying this phenomenon is getting much worse. Please read.
Two pieces crossed my desk this week, each of them tangentially connected to the other. Both of them discuss what I’d call the more unfortunate side-effects of adult fannishness. In the case of the one, the article-writer is essentially complaining that adults who were born in the 1970s and 1980s have so thoroughly coopted kid culture, that today’s kids are kinda getting squeezed out of the picture. Everything that used to be made explicitly for kids, has been all-growed-up and is now pitched to an explicitly adult market: video games, comic books, TV cartoons, etc. It’s a billion-dollar consumer party, and kids — anyone below the age of 16 — aren’t necessarily invited. The other article-writer engages in no small amount of self-praise because of the fact that he’s skipped paying bills and even skipped buying food, so that he has enough money to attend his favorite science fiction…
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