The last few years have been huge for me when it comes to developing my emotional and psychological maturity. As someone whose interests lay closest to those of a thirteen year old girl, it can sometimes be confusing to know which qualities to let go of and which ones I should hold on to. Though I definitely don't think there's anything wrong with my Disney Princess obsession, or being the only person over 11 on the playground with my cousins, I think it's important to find balance between acting like a kid, while also having a good grasp on adult responsibilities and behaviour.

With that being said, what do you call yourself when you feel like you're getting a hang of the whole 'adulting' thing, but still have a closet full of stuffed toys? What do you call yourself when you're not a teenager anymore, but you're still not sure what it means to be in your mid-twenties? When I saw this t-shirt, I knew exactly how to describe this current stage of life: adult-ish.

My definition of adult-ish means I wake up early every day to go to work, but turn on Riverdale or read a young adult novel the second I get home. It means that my idea of fun is no longer partying until 2 a.m., and instead I choose to stay in and bake or read or watch Netflix instead. Adult-ish means I can sit down and have a deep and mature conversation when necessary, but that I still don't take myself too seriously. Adult-ish means that I find just as much pleasure in skipping down the street to get ice cream as I do strutting in a pair of high heels to a nice restaurant.

I've always thought that it was silly to use hobbies and interests to classify age. When you think about it, age is really just a perception of time, and you are only as young or as old as you truly feel. Up until last summer, my signature outfit was a dress with ice cream cones all over it and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses. I still have songs from Hannah Montana and High School Musical on my dance playlists, and Disney marathons are something my weekends know all too well.

So here's what I want to know: If I'm working a 9-5 job, paying my own bills, living relatively debt free, and have settled into a mature relationship at the age of 25, who's to say I can't act and feel like a kid every now and again? We possess some pretty incredible qualities when we are children that could do us a lot of good as we grow older. Innocence, creativity, curiosity, fearlessness - those are things we should hold on to, not leave behind. Sure there is a line to be drawn in terms of how naive or childish or youthful one should act, and there's definitely a time and place, but in my opinion it is possible to keep a sense of adolescence without developing full-blown Peter Pan syndrome.

I like to think of myself as an old soul with a young spirit, meaning I have the ability to view life with a mature mind, while still maintaining a demeanor that is playful, and even slightly naive at times. I'm not ignorant, but I consciously choose to see the world through rose-coloured glasses, and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Being adult-ish is my favourite state so far in life, as I have found perfect balance between learning how to mature and grow, while still staying young at heart.

What is your definition of adult-ish? Do you agree that it's important to hold onto those core child-like characteristics? I would love to know your thoughts, so comment below with your answers! xx

Shop the look: T-shirt - Styles by Strut // Pants - Zara (similar here) // Heels - Christian Louboutin (and here) // Bag - Louis Vuitton // Sunglasses - Little Burgundy (similar here) // Hat - Holt Renfrew (similar hereand here)

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