27 years old seems to be a senior citizen on this site and I'm okay with that. One thing that 27 years of living and learning will bring you is the ability to sift through the bullshit. With a median age of probably 19, most AP users are figuring out how to tell the difference between the bullshit and real talk.
Some people, like my younger 'sister' Rachel - who is only 17 - can spot a fake from the stratosphere. She's grown up faster than she needed to because her mother is a drug addict and her dad is an alcoholic. He's never hurt her or put her in danger, but he is an alcoholic and she knows it. She is an only child, forced to play the role of older sister, mother, housekeeper and concerned daughter - and she's still in HS. She rarely lets her guard down or allows herself to be a kid. But, every now and then, I finally see the young girl in her and it makes me happy for her. She tells me stories about just growing up and the life most of us have left behind us, where it belongs. But, some of her stories remind of a time where kids were cruel and unusual, far from grown up.
The last few weeks have taken me back to a place where gossip and hearsay ran rampant. Most of it was a bunch of lies and shit that juvenile kids made up to be spiteful and hurtful. If you were so unfortunate to have your name thrown in the mix, you felt betrayed and infuriated. You were then forced to defend yourself against allegations that, in hindsight, are completely frivolous and unfounded. At the time, though, you didn't realize it. It was you being a kid. And, that's where it should have stayed - you being a kid. But, it never does, does it?
Over the last week I've seen adults act like children and I've seen children act like adults. The common denominator? The idea that high school hasn't escaped us. For the children, it shouldn't escape you. For the adults, it should have. So, let's grow up because all that petty BS was so high school.