No, seriously. When? I had this realization the other day when I was washing the dishes and discussing weekend plans with my boyfriend. I just might be a grown up. And I’m not really sure how I feel about this.
I’ve always been “old for my age” and I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been told I have an “old soul.” But lately, I’ve really felt….old old.
Last week was one of the busiest most exciting weeks of my time in San Francisco. My whole Community Engagement team was in town (from London, too), we had workshops and presentations and off-sites, oh my! But the real reason everyone was brought together was for an all-hands meeting with the larger Adobe team with which we’ll be integrated.
If I haven’t shared this with you personally, Context Optional, the company that brought me out to San Francisco, was acquired by Adobe Systems. I am thrilled to be a part of the Adobe team. But things are changing.
The Adobe offices on Townsend are incredible. I didn’t even get a full tour, but the woodwork, the cafe, the lounge areas, the conference/presentation rooms — all beautiful. This is like a real office. Like with a badge and everything.
This is not to say that my experience at Context Optional was anything less than real, but the differences between going from start-up mode to large corporation mode offers some pretty grown up stuff.
I drank champagne and ate roasted chicken with my cousin and her new husband at Zuni Cafe. We talked about work, her husband’s company, travel. Morning mimosas and shopping for new work clothes took over Saturday. Grocery shopping. Laundry. Chores. Errands. Coffee.
I calendar everything. Color code my to-do lists. Send email invites. Am always organized.
My dad would say to never grow up. He’s still a big kid, so I do have faith that I’ll grow out of this phase of feeling old. Like Sunday, when Casi and I and our boys went to eat loads of Indian food and play pool and foosball all night. I’ll cling on to the things that make me feel young…forever!
Life is about balance, and teetering between needs and wants, goals and desires, is an art. I have a serious responsibility to my job (that I love). Spending time with friends, whether you’re playing arcade games or sipping champagne, is incredibly important. Groceries need to be bought. Boyfriends need attention. Chores need to be done. Errands need to be run. And for all of that to happen, of course, Lauren needs to be caffeinated.
That’s just what happens when you grow up.