TO: Men all over the planet
RE: On growing up
DATE: May 22, 2012
Peter Pan. The boy who never, ever wanted to grow up.
A boy who refuses to grow up? Sounds like a horrible nightmare to me. To this day, I have no idea why Wendy was so taken with Peter. If I were her, I would have run the other way the first time he even mentioned Never, Never Land. Didn't she see the agonizing, confusing and frustrating years ahead in dealing with the man-child -- not to mention all those Lost Boys, remember?
Now, I know this might sound a bit strange (and hypocritical...) coming from me, boys, seeing as how I've openly declared myself Team Younger Guy before, but saying goodbye to my twenties has made me want to say hello to a different sort of guy. He doesn't suffer from what I've dubbed the Peter Pan Complex -- symptoms include a love of late-night parties, a tendency toward evading responsibility and a preference for video games over, well, any sort of job.
not in a pair of baggy pants, though) and pour your own bowl of Lucky Charms.
Because, really, a man who shows maturity is perhaps the sexiest thing in the world. A man is someone who doesn't play mind games, but wants to connect with your mind. A man is someone who calls right after a date if he's really into you, regardless of those stupid dating rules. A man is someone who is excited to meet your parents and learn about where you came from. A man isn't afraid of those relationship-defining conversations. And for me, especially for me, a man isn't afraid of my disability -- or to date someone with a disability, for that matter.
As The Office's Mindy Kaling says in her recent memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: "I’m giving you this bit of wisdom: When you turn 30—maybe even before—a fun thing to try is dating men. It’ll be like freshly ground peanut butter, times a million."