As an official adult for the last sixteen years I know better now. I can think of a million things that could have caused the sadness in her eyes and the weariness in her face. I often times find myself assuming that same pose with my head in my hand on my way home from a long day of work. A worried head racing with thoughts of this or that. Funny how that is. I know now what I couldn't begin to know back then. As we grow older our world broadens and along with that comes a million other things that make us grow up and make us grown ups. Some things we like, and some we don't but we don't get to pick and choose. I remember the excitement of going off to college, the thrill of ordering my first drink in a bar and the pride of moving out into my first apartment on my own after college. I remember how excited and responsible I felt when I got my first "big girl" job with salary and benefits. Along with each step comes things that need resolving, bills that need to be paid and obligations that need to be tended to. It goes on and on with each new milestone.
Life can be as hard as it is rewarding. I know that I've not seen the worst it has to offer and can't complain too much but there are days when I just can't see that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and my inner demons threaten to knock me down. Moments where I feel tired and worn out by the day to day struggle of making it and figuring out where I fit in. Times that I wonder where I went wrong and what, oh what can I do to fix it now.
So what do we do? We keep going because as grown ups that's what we are supposed to do. We hold on tight to the good things and do our best to fend off the bad. We gather strength and joy from the ones we love. We keep working, growing, and learning. We bask in delight wherever it finds us, because surely and thankfully it will. We do this because life can be hard but it is still good.