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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
By Valarie Sullivan
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For many years, I wondered what it would be like to be an ‘adult’. What did it feel like? What did it look like?
Especially in my twenties and early thirties, the question loomed big. I was counted as an adult, why didn’t I act or feel like one?
I kept making so many mistakes! Adolescent mistakes, by my husband’s reckoning.
When would I grow up and learn?
So many pitfalls and traps. So many obstacles and diverging paths. Which decision was the right one? If I chose this one, would I regret it? Would my husband say “You should have chosen the other”? Paralyzing, to say the least.
Today, I am faced with a new one. How do I decide?
I reach out to God. I cry out to Him who is the author of our being. Who knows all and is all. What to do?
How do I decide?
Make a list of pros and cons? Talk to someone? Meditate on all the factors and possible outcomes?
I sit back and relax and soak in His Presence.
Slowly, the answer comes. Quietly, He whispers in my heart. Trust Me, He says. I will guide you…..
The decision has been made.
They are counting on me for an answer.
I walk into the room and look around, all eyes are on me. Standing in front of the group, I hold my shoulders straight. My head is high, chin out. I am confident and assured. This is the correct way. This is the path to take.
I field the questions with straight answers, reassure the timid, and shut down the silly.
Suddenly, I understand. This is adulthood. This is what it is like. Making a decision and taking responsibility for it.
Finally, I am an adult.
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