10 things I hate about growing up

Published: October 23, 2011

Increasing vocabulary. People don’t take you seriously unless you deliver your message in the most extravagant form .

1.    Having to meet everyone. You know how there are certain people you just can’t stand and as a child you always tried to avoid? Well, being a grown-up means that no longer can you throw a tantrum, tell Mummy you hate him or her and that she can’t make you say, ‘Hi’.

2.   Being polite. You have to put on a good show, meet everyone with a smile and listen to others go on and on about how the war in the Middle East will affect microwave ovens or something equally absurd. All you can do is smile and nod your head.

3.   Being formal. One always has to dress formal, talk formal, act formal. Heck, I’ve seen people ‘hang-out’ formally. Yes, there is such a thing.

4.   Being responsible. I’m still getting the hang of this one. I mean, one day you’re 17, the next you’re 18 and suddenly the very essence of you is expected to change.

5.    Behaving rationally. Honestly this one’s not fair. Why are adults always expected to behave rationally at all times? I mean why can’t one speed and overtake from the left side when the uncle in front of you is chugging excruciatingly slowly in the middle of two lanes? Because it’s not rational. Right. Gotcha.

6.   Expectations. “People have expectations beta,” is what my Mum always says. So, for the sake of people, kill your inner urge to be happy, embrace maturity and the high blood pressure and premature baldness that comes with it so the world is awed by the pearl you’ve turned out to be.

7.   Increasing your vocabulary. Somehow people just don’t take you seriously unless you deliver your intended message in the most extravagant form of speech known to mankind.

8.   Paperwork and cards. I’m not referring to the one we have to send on Eid. These are the papers certifying our education, cars, houses, etc. Then there are cards certifying we are indeed a person (cool, eh?) and cards certifying we can drive, and of course the ones that allow us to draw money from banks. Whatever happened to the bank of Mum and Dad?

9.   The hormones. Seriously these biochemical terrorists  go a little rough on a person; we could seriously use a break from the emotional rollercoaster ride.

10.  Getting a job.  After having the life sucked out of you while studying for a piece of paper that assures the world that you did indeed lose all your youth at the hands of a university, you are at the very least expected to find a job that pays well. Cause they’re out there just hanging on trees for you to pick.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, October 23rd, 2011.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Parvez
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Nice !!!! So why do you want to grow up ?? Don’t.

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  • T.P
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:40PM

    OMG i agree with every point! Sometimes you do hate being grown-up. and how about when u can’t eat the stuff u used to eat when you were a kid? I still love lollipops, potato sticks, jet sport and maggi noodles!

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  • Oct 23, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Nice Read! Thumbs Up

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  • Ali Hasan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:25PM

    This is so true haha, especially when people ask “so how does it feel to be 18?” What do you even say to that?

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  • Mansoor
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:28PM

    It was such a wonderful article i enjoyed every word of it.. Its so realistic at least for me. I loved it…….

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  • adnan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:31PM

    not exactly ten, aren’t you?

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  • Adeel Ahmad
    Oct 24, 2011 - 4:10AM

    Growing old is mandatory; Growing up is optional.

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  • Ayesha Ahmad
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:06AM

    I totally agree and can relate to the last thing you mentioned! It looks like that our elders think that getting an appropriate job is a mere piece of cake! Sighs!

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  • Nazia Zaman
    Oct 25, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Very nice..nd really true.. :) good work…..

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  • aaila
    Oct 27, 2011 - 7:41PM

    i agree with the maggie noodles one i m like 20 or what i still eat them and lollipops even the popcorn ice cream…

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  • Huma
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:19PM

    True Indeed!!

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  • Nov 6, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Very true. I think there are many other serious issues as well which One hates about growning up. For instance, a huge pile of responsibilities. “nostalgia” exists only because of this truth!!!

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