So I decided to take a break from my makeup posts to have an actual discussion with you folks. In my class recently, we had an assignment due that consisted of us taking pictures of what we thought described the term “coming of age.” So, I came up with an idea of what to do, but I was also interested in hearing what you guys had to say, so please comment below with what your idea of “coming of age” means!
For the assignment, we had to take only 5 pictures, and they needed to depict “coming of age.” Through these 5 pictures we could either do separate pictures of “coming of age” or we could create a scene of our thoughts. For my project I chose to center around a theme. I’m a commuter at my school, so centering around the theme of my car was a perfect idea for me!
So let me start by talking about what “coming of age means.” From the research I’ve done, it seems to just mean events or policies/regulations that show that one has matured or become an adult. It’s a very interpretive term. Depending on where your from and your culture becoming an adult takes on different faces. For some cultures it means certain religious rituals that take place, while in other cultures (like our own) it means certain right of passages that mean we are now able to do things that were once illegal when we were young. These things may be laws such as drinking, driving, or betting while it could be as simple as being now tall enough to ride on theme park rides. As I said before its very open to interpretation.
For me, driving symbolized a huge coming of age representation. So I started with a picture of my car, which is what all kids want? right? Having your own car means you can be independent, youre the big kid on campus, you’re now an adult. Well it certainly means you’re an adult. Which is why I followed up the image of my car with a bunch of pictures of the nitty gritty to do with cars. Now it wasn’t anything intricate because we actually only had a day and a half to complete the assignment so it was quite simple. The first picture being of my car, the second of an auto body, the third of a car wash, the fourth of a gas station and finally a picture from my accident.
Through all of these images I wanted to show that being an adult can be a wonderful thing, and I loved being able to have my own responsibility. But the point is, having responsibility means being prepared for whatever has to happen, and knowing theres a chance that bad things may come with the awesome adult responsibility.
Im really quite curious to hear what you guys think about coming of age! What does it mean for you? Is it adult responsibility like driving, betting, voting or drinking? Is it religious practices like confirmation? It’s such an interpretive idea, and I love that there was no exact answer. Feel free to leave feedback about my project, and share your ideas! Thanks for reading guys, hope you found this interesting!
Coming of age is a huge idea for us as humans. We all want to be treated as adults, and earn everyones respect. But I felt the most important thing to take from my project is that adulthood isn’t all fun and games. We have to understand that there is huge responsibility behind the fun. Growing up means that we’ve come into ourselves, but it also mean that the hard parts and rough areas of our lives are only just beginning. Coming of age is a warning to brace yourselves, because the hurricane is only just getting started.