From the Editors’ Desk
I leant over to tie up my shoes at the gym the other day and immediately forgot how to do it. Fumbling over my laces, I became my six-year old self once more – able to read the Hobbit but unable to perform a simple motor function.
It’s a worrying thing to happen to someone who is getting to the stage when they really should have graduated many years ago. As each passing birthday comes by, I think I should begin to feel more like an adult. If anything, the reverse is true.
At University, I often feel like I’m in a strange state of quasi-adulthood, quasi-childhood. Having worked full-time and paid tax in the past, the comparatively responsibility free world of the student is a return to an easier past, those precocious teenage years that seemed so difficult at the time but seem so easy now. Instead of your parents, you now have the Government providing for your financial needs: it’s not so much standing on your own two feet as swinging from the public purse.
I can understand those my age who, having been at work for a couple of years, feel mentally a lot older than those still in education and maintain a sense of superiority over them as a result. At the same time, I understand the students who don’t want to graduate just yet, who want to postpone the real world for a bit and stay in the safe confines of the classroom for a little longer. In a way, I find I’m both and neither of these at the same time.
It’s difficult to know when you really lose your sense of childhood. Arguably, many people never do. When it comes to playtime, many ‘adults’ simply swap their Lego bricks for PlayStations and their orange squash for beers. There are plenty of city workers who still behave like bawdy teenagers and students who act older than their professors. We all age at different rates and in different ways depending on the circumstances.
Measuring yourself against your physical age is a pointless task: after all, you’re only as young as the life you live. Personally, I might go back to twenty-one again this year. At least until I graduate.