Despite the Poetry Book, Adultolescence is a Thing

Jason Henry
Change Becomes You
Published in
4 min readAug 14, 2023

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Have you ever observed an adult’s behavior and thought to yourself, “Well, that was immature.” Of course you have. Who hasn’t at this point? As a matter of fact, the first time you had this experience was when you were a child.

So it would appear that some adults still act like children, and yet, children are emotionally healthy or mature enough to spot immature behavior when they see it. It actually makes sense when you think about it.

Kids don’t have the amount of emotional baggage adults have, so they have less reasons to lash out in defense or cower in fear. It’s not that they don’t feel fear, but they are still in a stage where they know that life is supposed to be lived, not controlled.

Unfortunately, for many of us, the rite of passage into adulthood seems to be to forget that.

Nevertheless, we all know that when you’re a kid you’re supposed to grow into an adult, and growth means change. Adolescence was that intermediary step in the growth process but some of us received an additional stage to navigate.

There came a point where the transition from 18 to adulthood was characterized by a new breed of self-consciousness that appeared to be stunted growth but could be just another awkward phase in the step towards maturity.

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Jason Henry
Change Becomes You

Former Edu. Psychologist | Current Writer | Constant Learner | “By your stumbling the world is perfected.”