Adult-ness in Life and in Media

In Life

What is an adult, really?? I know there are probably quite a few different answers to the question, and it also depends on how you look at it. For example, there is the numerical, law-based answer, different in various areas…  well, it’s 18 in Canada, anyways. But, there’s also a lot of other ways to define the word ‘adult’, ways that are a lot more objective. I also think that different definitions often contradict one another… long story short, the meaning of the word ‘adult’ is really pretty complicated.

In Media

My opinion? The line between childhood and adulthood is super hard to define… different for everyone. Just because someone may be at the age of 18 or older, does not mean that their behavior is entirely what they would call ‘grown up’, and of course the opposite is true too. The definition of being an adult is a huge topic in the media also… I mean, just recently, I was watching an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S where this exact issue came up… Mike jokingly calls Joey, “a strange kind of grown-up” because of a not-very-adult-like comment that he makes.

Movie Recommendation

Movies are another media-type place where this topic comes up. My personal favorite is the movie Guilt Trip starring the very famous Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen… SUCH a funny comedy! They play mother and son going on a very long road trip together, Streisand playing an overbearing mother to Rogen. I highly recommend trying it out, very good acting and a lot of laughs! This film brings up the common issue of parents having difficulty letting go of their children and accepting that they’ve become independent adults.

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