Growing Up - What the Books Say

I'm working on a big, fun post for my birthday tomorrow, but today I thought I'd share this list of 21 Honest Quotes about Growing Up, From Books That Really Show How Much it Hurts to Get Older.  (I don't actually think it hurts to get older, but I digress...) 

Here are a couple from books I've read on this list:

“You just don’t notice the time of your own metamorphosis. Until you do. Every once in a while time dissolves and you remember what you liked as a kid. You jump on your hotel bed, order dessert first, decide to put every piece of jewelry you own on your body and leave the house. Why? Because you can. Because you’re the boss. Because… Ooooh. Shiny.”

—Sloane Crosley, How Did You Get This Number?

“When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder. Everything moved me. A dog following a stranger. That made me feel so much. A calendar that showed the wrong month. I could have cried over it. I did. Where the smoke from the chimney ended. How an overturned bottle rested at the edge of a table. I spent my life learning to feel less. Every day I felt less. Is that growing old? Or is it something worse? You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

And a few more of my favorites that I would add:

“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” 

―Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it's always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.” 

―Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

“How much sweeter life would be if it all happened in reverse, if, after decades of disappointments, you finally arrived at an age when you had conceded nothing, when everything was possible.” 

―Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles