In a lot of ways I don't feel like an adult. Playing video games in my South Park pajamas and eating Oreos with peanut butter for dinner is still part of my weekly routine. Even when I go to class, I dress in the comfiest clothes possible and sometimes just throw a baseball cap on because I'd rather sleep in than shower. Most of my current habits aren't exactly acceptable for the every day life of a functioning member of society. And since I realize that I will become an adult with a real job at some point, I find myself indulging in my lack of responsibilities more often. I might as well do it while I can.
I worked pretty hard to make sure I came off as professional and like I belonged there, but I'll be honest, I was pretty self-conscious the whole time. The level of conversation intimidated me, I didn't get most of the jokes that everyone else laughed at, and the place setting at the table had more little plates than I knew was necessary. It felt like I was a total rookie being called up to the big leagues.
Despite all of these nervous feelings, I feel like I made it through the event just fine and I definitely enjoyed the Mayor's speech. It was totally inspiring and made me feel so lucky to be in this city. I've been on the fence about moving somewhere new once I graduate, but I now have some new perspective on why staying in Atlanta would be just as great of a move.
Needless to say, I'm still not 100% an adult, but I feel that having the opportunity to experience that event was a good way to ease me into it. I'm excited and will be slightly more ready for the next one in March! Until then, I urge you to do one thing that brings out your inner non-adult, just because you never know what sort of perspective change it can bring.