My love for the Transformers started in 5th grade. I was living a sad existence up to that point until I saw this cartoon on TV that had robots that changed into cars and things. It pretty much blew my mind, and for three years, I followed the adventures of the Autobots and Decepticons until I could no longer find them on TV anymore. If Transformers started in the modern day, we never would have had the Transformers Dark Period (1989-2007), where they left the mainstream until 2007 when the first movie came out. Back in the 80’s all you had was reruns and the VCR. If I were smart enough, I would have recorded all the episodes on VCR tapes, but sadly I wasn’t much of a forward thinker back then.
I remember talking about the Transformers when I was in 7th grade, and I got my biggest wake-up call probably ever. I even remember the person’s name who said it to me and resenting him to this day. Basically, he said, “We are in seventh grade, man. Transformers are a kids toy.” He might as well have punched me in the gut because it was the first instance of someone telling me that I had to grow up and that I was “too old” for something. Of course, I ignored him, still do. For some reason, people think that we are supposed to grow up at a certain age in our lives, and it is their responsibility to tell us when.
I’ve always kind of been a manchild. I was one of the first people ever to get the Atari 2600, the NES, and the Game Boy. Kids these days have no idea how revolutionary it is to even have video games in their house. I lived in a time when you had to go to an arcade and a stack of quarters just to play Super Mario Bros. Nowadays, you can get that game in a hundred different ways. In fact, you can even get the game inside another game. I still get jazzed about Transformers, video games and animated cartoons. Now they are a lot smarter, have a lot more story and even more heart.
All I know is that there is this new phenomenon called Adulting. Because games, comics, movies and other pop culture can be so involved and time-consuming, people are getting to the point where adulting (doing simple adult things like paying their bills, raising their children, going grocery shopping) can be a difficult thing to do. Thankfully, I have a wife that is very responsible and hasn’t gotten too wrapped up in anything pop culture that takes her away from doing adult things. If it wasn’t for that, I’m sure my parents would still be calling me telling me that I have to cook every once in a while, and I need to stop getting overdrafts on my account.
More and more people are expressing their inability to do adult things. I can only imagine it is going to get worse. I honestly think that my generation will be the first one that will require video game consoles in our retirement communities.
What do you think about adulting? It is difficult for you? What things do you have trouble doing even now as adults?
Bitter Adulting Ben