Today is terrible.
My bike does not work properly, although I just bought it through Amazon last week. The chain keeps falling off the gears and makes noises while I use it to climb hills。
I stopped, got off the bike, tried to fix the chain and put the chain back to the gears. I thought it should work now, so I got on the bike, tried to ride, but the chain got off the gears again after 10 seconds. I tried 3 times but ended up with the same result.
I thought the bike could help me save time but it turned out that the time I spent on fixing the bike obviously outweighs the time been saved on moving between academic buildings.
Okay, that’s all the complaints. Now I guess I have to do the adult thing, thinking about how to avoid the same mistake in the future, I told myself.
I should never have ordered a bike online. The quality of a T-shirt might not matters that much, but the quality of a bike certainly matters a lot since it is something you expect to use every day. It is hard to tell the quality of the bike through online ‘detailed’ photos. You have to go to the shop, touch the bike, see if the height fits you and have a trial, feel if the chain and gear cooperate well.
This is the third week of college and the third week since I am legally 18. Yes, that’s right, I am trying to be an adult.
When I was a little girl, I feel like a grown-up every time I go to school by myself, start to drink coffee, wear mom’s high heels and always dream about how wonderful it will be if I am an adult.
But, that’s not true. ‘Adulting’ is not always great and contains more beyond that.
I am not sure about how to define ‘adult’ since I always feel like I am not qualified to call myself an adult. So I checked the dictionaries. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘adult’ as “A fully grown person who is legally responsible for their actions”. The Collins Dictionary defines ‘adult’ as “A mature, fully developed person”
It seems that ‘adulting’ is closely related to fully grown/developed.
Since teenagers in 21th century American start to learn dressing up like adults at a young age. It becomes relatively harder to distinguish a teenager form an adult based on the appearance.
But the insides of teenagers and adults are very different. Only with tons of experiences like the bike problem I mentioned before, struggling with choosing the future career path, can teenagers finally become adults. Just like what Thomas Hine wrote in the article “Rise and Decline of Teenager”, “teenagers were provoking a lot of anxiety” . The experiences might be frustrating, horrible, exhausting; we may always feel anxious since our abilities cannot reach our desires, but the challenges we overcame and things we learned from the mistakes are what will finally make us adults instead of simply “childish grown-ups’.
1.Thomas Hine | ”Rise and Decline of Teenager”
American Heritage | september 1999 | Vol. 50 | Issue 5