So, ever since I was a little girl I've been obsessed with the idea of being "grown up." I still am. I'm pretty well done with high school at this point. Hence, why I spend much of my time writing this blog. (Which as far as I know, no one under the age of 22 reads.)
Here's a list of things that make me feel like a grown up. (In case you were wondering."
Not being called "sweetie or sweetheart."
Using my school ID to get through airport security. (Yes, this actually happens to me frequently.)
Having a state ID so I hopefully won't be turned away when I try to see an R-rated movie at the Paseo Nuevo theater. (I tried to see "Spring Breakers" twice with no success because apparently my school photo ID with my birth date on it isn't a valid form of identification.)
Going to parties and events with writers and media people with my dad. (It's strange being the youngest one in the room but it makes me feel awesome.)
Using my debit card to pay for things. (Pretty self-explanatory.)
Having business cards. (This is kind of frivolous, but it's a self confidence booster.)
Having multiple email addresses. (This is a weird one.)
Seeing and being emailed by blog readers. (No matter what it's really about it makes my day. It also gives me hope that I may actually be good at what I love to do. Also the fact that it's frequently writers, lawyers, media people, that read my posts and email me because they want to, not because they have to.)
Yes, I know that being a "grown up" has a lot of crappy stuff to go along with it, like taxes, insurance and having to go to real prison if convicted of a crime. But, I'll leave it to the adults to deal with that.
Craig Smith is a law professor and has been blogging about the local Santa Barbara scene since 2006. When he’s not teaching law school classes or blogging, he enjoys bike riding, skiing and playing piano.