On watching each other mature.

“Adulthood is accretive by nature, a thing which arrives in ragged stages and uneven overlaps.”
Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

It all started with a text.

In a group chat text between my two friends Jackie and Patty, Patty had revealed that after a long screening process, she had been accepted to volunteer at a local hospital. After Jackie and I congratulated her, we begun to question her on how she likes it there and how the process to begin volunteering there was. Although interested in the excited responses that were given, I couldn’t help but pay more attention to a strange and sudden thought.

It was just two years ago when we were all graduating from high school and entering our first summer as adults. Our trips to Disneyland were unable to keep us away from the sudden responsibility that rested on our shoulders. As the year continued, we stressed and ranted about college courses, hunted for our first jobs, worried about how ‘adulthood’ will end up treating us and how we were going to manage this new lifestyle.

Towards the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, it was obvious that we had begun to understand this new world we were thrown into a little bit more. Although still difficult to manage, we were able to handle it with some help and motivational speeches from one another. As the days continued; I received a new job, a volunteer opportunity at my local theater, and an offer to write for a music website called Off The Chain Press, along with receiving good grades in college. Jackie got the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospital received great grades in college. Patty joined a sorority, maintained a good job at a retail store, got good grades in school, and also got accepted to volunteer at a hospital.

That’s when it hit me. Within two years, the three of us have been watching each other grow up. The idea alone caused a pang of pride, hope, and nostalgia within me. “How did time go by so fast?” I asked myself as the sea of texts from the other two began to appear on my phone. Our lives have changed rapidly and we are slowly getting to where we want to be in our lives.

Time truly does fly by quickly and it’s an odd and inspiring feeling upon realizing that the people who are surrounding you now weren’t the people you knew two years ago. They’ve grown wiser, stronger, independent. They’ve become that person you find yourself looking up to.

The possibility that within another two years, the three of us will be in different stages in our lives is both thrilling and terrifying. If we had been oblivious to the sudden changes until recently, how much change will we see in the future? Will we welcome every life changing event with open arms and still be able to be one of the first people to witness it or will we find out through the rumor mill?

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