Upsides of Aging.

As I noted in this week's Equals Record post, there's plenty that's stressful about becoming an adult: taking on grown-up responsibilities, learning to overcome creative insecurities, finding new places to call home. But there's also so much to be happy about, so much that's fun. (After all, being a grown-up doesn't have to mean an end to being childlike.)

Here are three things that I love about getting older, cribbed from my latest post:
1) I love that I’ve learned to embrace my quirks, and those of others, too. Sometimes I’m awkward. Sometimes I’m clumsy. Sometimes I’m shy. All of these things are okay. I wish I knew this in high school.
2) I love that I don’t need to ask for permission or approval when making decisions.
3) I love that I can eat pie for breakfast if I want—and I often do.

You can read the rest on the Equals Record, here. (And, if you have the time, tell me - what do you love about getting older?)

Photos by Max Wanger.


  1. Oh Shoko, I love No. 3!
    Ronnie xo

  2. I LOVE getting older. My 30's have been the best time in my life and it's only just begun! :)

  3. love this!
    i love that you can do whatever you want cause it's your life and the only person to hold responsible for it is YOU!
    i love having chocolate with my morning cup of coffee.
    i love being able to take a wednesday off just because.
    i love leaving a project on the coffee table and not having it pick it up.
    i love not having to explain myself :P

  4. I can relate to all three of these perks about being an adult. I also love that I can buy wine :)

  5. Hi Shoko! I couldn't wait to become and adult so that I could select my own music on the stereo. We only had one turn-table in the house and my father and I did not share the same taste in music!


  6. I love being able to drink wine when I want to, eat Nutella out of the jar with a spoon, and drink orange juice out of the carton without my mom yelling at me to use a glass!

    It's the simple things in life, right?

    mon amy

  7. I LOVE #1! I can relate to that one a lot, and I too wish my high school self could've reached that realization. Of course, I'm still working on embracing ALL of my quirks. But I've made lots of progress in that area. It's a good feeling, isn't it? :)

  8. Shoko, I completely I agree with you on all of these. #1 is one I'm still working on (making progress though :). So good you've been able to figure this one out sooner, because not doing so, can be debilitating in so many ways. I'm all for eating pie in the morning :)

  9. Love this post! All through my 20s, I looked forward to getting older because I felt I was getting closer to where I wanted to be, in life. And now that my 20s are almost over, I can see how I'm nearing that point--and how much more confident in myself I've become. I think life definitely does get better with age! :)

  10. Sage, that's such a wonderful list! I love all of those things, too - especially chocolate with morning coffee!

    Louou, I love that! I hope you've been listening to your favorite songs extra loud since moving out! :)

    Amy, eating Nutella with a spoon is the BEST. Being able to do that is definitely a notable upside to being an adult :)

    Heather, I think it does, too! What a wonderful discovery that's been!

  11. Hi shoko! I just read your new column (another great writing!), and it made me wonder too. I guess many things I love about getting older. It's great to acknowledge that :) p.s. I just send out the postcard today, hope you get it soon! xo akiko
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  12. What a great question! As I've gotten older, I've come to embrace my personality. Like the first point, I've accepted my awkwardness and have learned to maintain a sense of humor about it. Flaws are funny sometimes!

  13. love them all but especially the first. I love my 30s bc I feel like all the hang ups I had when I was younger don't exist. I have my insecurities since I am human (after all) but I feel like I just know better.



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