Why It’s Good To Be A Grown-Up
They say hindsight is 20/20 and looking back on our attitude towards school while we were there, it’s safe to say the adage is true. We were living the life and we didn’t even know it! Six-hour days, an hour-long lunch break to spend hanging out with mates, and no lengthy boardroom meetings that could’ve easily been emails – how could we ask for a better deal?
Yes, it’d be nice to have a uniform again so we don’t have to ponder our sartorial choices each morning, but back to school season also serves as a reminder of why it’s good to be a grown-up. For example, isn’t it nice not to fret over that inevitable September haircut? You know the one; after a summer spent brainstorming ways to reinvent yourself, you decided a risqué pixie cut was the way to bring about the ‘best year ever’. So, you hopped on down to the local hairdresser who, alas, failed to transform you into Frankie from The Saturdays and instead had you looking like a dodgy Beatles impersonator. Or maybe your disastrous do was the handiwork of your mother who decided you simply had to have fresh locks before photo day on the first week back and started hacking away at your mop with the kitchen scissors.
But that’s all water under the bridge; now we’re adults with (hopefully) the wisdom to make better decisions and the agency to avoid Mammy after she’s watched Edward Scissorhands again. We no longer have to worry about the thousand eyes judging us on the first day back for the aforementioned haircut or the too-shiny shoes and too-big jumper. We don’t even have to agonise over what teachers might appear our timetable or how to find the right classroom. Best of all, we’re relieved of undoubtedly the biggest September sweat; attempting to contact books. We can practically feel the heart palpitations now as we tried to roll some funky foil contact over a copy only to find a bubble or a crease right in the middle.
So, instead of getting all nostalgic over memories of class trips to Lullymore or learning rude words in French, let’s appreciate the fact September doesn’t bring panic and upheaval. Let’s remember we get paid to go to work and that afterwards, we can always go home to the pets we’re old and responsible enough to adopt. Though maybe we should go back to bringing a packed lunch – the daily trip to your local shop ain’t cheap!