Why it’s okay to be a big kid in your 20s…

Thursday, 7 March 2019

As I sit here in my Unicorn slippers and my Wonder Woman robe, laying on my Zebra blanket, and surrounded by décor that is a mixture of rhinestone picture frames, and nostalgia paraphernalia from 90s cartoons, I write to you to let you know that…I too, am an adult.

The current generation is much different than our parents, in the aspect that “being an adult” means something completely different now. I can’t image my parents, let alone my grandparents still watching the cartoons of their childhood when they came home from a long day at the office, or using a cheetah lunchbox to carry their meals in to work. For me however, that is the norm. I am a prime example of a big kid in their 20s. My room is a mixture of glam “adult like” features, such as my black and gold bedding, with matching area rug, and oak wood bed frame. On the flip side, my display shelf is filed with hey Arnold, Betty Boop, Archie Comics, and Wonder Woman, items. These visuals add such value and happiness to my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I might as well and go ahead and confess, that I am obsessed with Wonder Woman items in particular. I have everything from dish towels, coffee mugs, underwear (TMI?), slippers, hoodies and workout tanks, donning the iconic Wonder Woman logo. To take it even a step further, I should let you know that I dress up as her every year at Comicon. So far I have only been to the ones in Minneapolis and New York City, but San Diego…I’m coming for you. This may seem like the description of a 17-year-old girl, at best, a freshman in college, but no I am a full-fledged adult as they would say.

Currently I am a graduate student studying public policy, and have a full time 40 hours a week day job in corporate America. I do not live in my parent’s basement, but rather on the other side of the country from them, and am fully self-sufficient and on my own.

Too often there is a stigma attached to adults that indulge in activities that are perceived as just for kids/ teens. Like, you must not have a job, or live in your parent’s basement, and lest not forget the image of the hunched over gamer covered in Cheeto dust, chugging a mountain dew.

Men especially, are thought of as immature and lacking if they don cartoon clothing, and are looked at as they could never get a girlfriend. Well I will tell you that my boyfriend’s Goku to Hollister shirt ratio is just about even, and life still worked out for him.

So, the next time someone looks at you strange for wearing a Rick and Morty shirt, with a Death Note bag on your way in to Barnes and Noble, just remember, that there is a someone out there working at an office on the upper east side wearing baby blue superman socks with pink writing.

By Shae Lambert

Shae Lambert is a blogger, MPA grad student, actress and dancer from Minnesota, living in New York City.
IG and Twitter: @Shaes_travel_lifestye_


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