During my days as a teacher, I would joke that (when leaving a meeting or lunch) I was about to go "play band director." Even though I said it in jest, there is truth to the words. When I functioning as a band director, I was making choices that lead me to exhibit the behaviors of a band director -- thus, I was assuming the role of band director. Any function you have in an occupation is simply an extension of yourself. Such as now, when I'm at A Closer Look, I'm playing the part (assuming the role -- making the choices to be) a network administrator.
How does it apply? Have I just succeeded in writing the obvious? Yes and no. I do not live in squalor; however, as is true with some others who live alone, my home is not always neat, clean, and organized. Eventually it reaches a point of "unacceptable," and I do what's necessary to clean it to an acceptable level. Recently, I joked with Globlia using the phrase "Damn having to be an adult!" That phrase stayed in my mind over the last day or so, and I started asking myself (at age 31), am I actually behaving like an adult?
The answer is yes, but, as we all can, there are improvements we can make to our behavior and mental processes. One improvement I've resolved to make how I generally "keep" my home. It will not be immaculate, for I know such as goal isn't reasonable; however, I've decided to clean my home and see how well I can maintain its cleanliness, before I must go through another "cleaning ritual." Here is where playing the part of an adult enters. In my opinion the kid would wonder if this could be done or thinks about when it can be done. The adult just does it.
I find introspection to be a fun and necessary thing. It's curious as I become older, I discover more and more about what being an adult is. The more I discover the more it seems that the choices and acts that lead to assuming the role of an adult are more of a subtle nature, rather than some awe-inspring grand decision.