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Wait.. I’m a grown-up?

August 17, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All Grown Up.”


Recently I’ve realised that I’m closing in on 30, and I’m starting to wonder where all the years went. It really feels like time has flown by and I can’t really remember when I became a grown-up. It might sound silly, but I just can’t define the time when it happened.

I’ve always considered myself to be quite a mature person. When I was a teenager, I was already mature enough to wait to drink alcohol until I turned 18 (the legal age in Sweden). I realised that bullying is never OK, and I took my studies seriously (well, for the most part.. it sort of went downhill when I got addicted to the internet, haha).

But these days I sometimes stop myself, thinking I’m proud of the way I think and act, and that I make decisions only a grown-up could make, but when did that all start? Perhaps it was when I moved away from Sweden and faced a whole new world here in New Zealand?

Growing up

I’m not going to lie, moving to New Zealand was one of the toughest things I’ve ever have to do. I’m an introvert who struggles with anxiety from time to time. Leaving all I knew behind for an adventure on the other side of the world kind of freaked me out. It still does. It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions. I love it here, but I hate being away from my family. I want to move back to Sweden, but I’ll miss New Zealand like crazy.

Well, as the quote says above, challenges make us grow. I wouldn’t want things to come easy. Working for something makes it so much sweeter once you reach your goal. I’m lucky to have the support of my partner, who I couldn’t have done all this without. He motivates me, and he makes me believe in myself. He’s likely part of me growing up.

Can you define when you became a grown-up?

Sophie

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12 Comments

  • paradoxicalsprite

    Great post 🙂 I’ve always wanted to move out and live independently just for a little bit, to see if I could. When I finally moved to Italy for a very short spell in January, that’s when I realized that I could figure out this grown-up thing. Would love to do it again 🙂

    August 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I’d love to go to Italy! Maybe not to live, but I’ve heard it’s a beautiful country 🙂

      August 18, 2015 at 6:24 am Reply
  • aquirkysomething

    I think we’re all still figuring stuff out haha , we know we have to be responsible & pay bills, but I feel there is a kid inside of us that wants to explore, run, & create. I feel it’s important to incorporate these improvisational elements in your life. It’s yours. Live it as you like. That’s awesome your in New Zealand. Congrats on your move. Enjoy 🙂

    August 18, 2015 at 12:38 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah there is definitely still a kid inside me who loves to joke around and not take things so seriously! 🙂

      August 18, 2015 at 6:26 am Reply
  • housewifeish

    I thought it would happen when I got married. Then, when I finished college, then when I moved to a different continent, then when I had a baby, then when I had kid #2. Soooo….. Maybe when I turn 30??

    August 18, 2015 at 2:20 am Reply
  • amandaleex3

    I turned 30 recently and still don’t feel like one, then realise I’m now living with my partner and making a new career move…. And having opinions on important issues in society and wanting to help….. Then I get freaked out coz I wasn’t always like this and must be growing up…..but I still feel like a giddy teenager alot of the time! Life is strange!

    August 23, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I see what you mean! Adulthood has just sprung upon us and we didn’t even realise it was happening! 🙂

      August 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • theberlinbook

    The big things really make people realize that they’re grown-up , like what you and the others have mentioned here.. but it can also be the little things, like choosing which detergent to buy, or cooking your own lunch for the first time.. or which brand of cat food you should get. Did you feel grown up in deciding on the little things too?
    On a side note, I found your post so relatable because I moved to the other side of the world too! Wish you all the best in your adventure. 🙂

    January 20, 2016 at 4:54 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      The small things never really made me feel properly grown up to be honest, I guess that could be because I was shopping for my mum as a teenager and had made my lunch many times then too. I suppose things like opening a savings account and paying taxes sort of made me feel like an adult, but it wasn’t until the big things happened that I really felt it. Cool to here we’ve got moving to the other side of the world in common! Where did you move to? 🙂

      January 20, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply
      • The Swedish Kiwi

        Never mind, I can clearly see you moved to Germany. Love that place! 🙂

        January 20, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply
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