Do what you want

Someone recently asked me if it would be strange for her to join a class which may consist of students who are all younger than she is. I think she was worried about feeling embarrassed or out of place.

I said that one of the coolest things about being an adult is that you can do whatever you want, and that since she wanted to try the class, she should at least go once. XKCD illustrates this point well:

Illustration of apartment full of playpen balls. Caption: Hey, I was wondering if you had plans for-- Holy crap, what happened to your apartment? > I filled it wiht playpen balls! > I... What? Why? > Because we're grown-ups now, and it's our turn to decide what that means.

If you’re an adult and you have an idea for something you want to do, but think it may be too silly, follow these two steps:

  1. Answer the question: Is it reasonably safe?
  2. If the answer to #1 is “Yes,” then do it.

4 thoughts on “Do what you want”

  1. Have you been wanting to fill our cube with playpen balls? Actually, knowing this rule will probably really alter my work routine. I hope you like listening to your friends sing along to whatever is coming out of their headphoens as they work!

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