Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It approaches silently, incrementally. It has the ability to hijack even the most confident of individuals and leave them with thoughts of inadequacy and unworthiness.
And nowhere does comparison seem to creep up faster than as we approach our 30th birthday.
Our twenties are often a time to learn who we are, to try out our talents and gifting in the world, and to develop meaningful relationships. The focus is on moving forward and creating a life that makes you feel alive and getting to know yourself as an independent adult.
But while we move into the next life stage, so do our parents. As we age, so do our parents. Very few of us consider the impact of our parents aging on our young adulthood. How do we create an independent life and stay appropriately connected to our parents? How do we balance our goals with our parents’ needs?
Here are a few ideas on how to navigate early adulthood with our parents in mind.
During the past couple of months, I have been spending a lot of time with my grandmother. Although under unfortunate circumstances, our time together has been teaching me a lot about the process of aging. At 87 years old, I’ve realized how much she has