mega--espeon said: Before I ask you what's up, I just want to apologize for my mom's behavior. v.v'
LOL no no it’s ok! I understand that there’s a generational difference between her and I with different understandings and expectations of how one enjoys hobbies. In her generation, it was not common to see an adult enjoying things that were seen as “for kids” whereas in my generation it’s becoming increasingly acceptable for adults to enjoy things that were designed for kids. Pokemon especially is a prime example of something that has grown with its audience (it came out when I was in like 3rd grade and I’ve been playing it ever since) and now it is something that spans generation as a series enjoyed by both adults and children. As I mentioned before, that is something that may still be somewhat foreign to your mother, who probably grew up with the idea drilled into her that there are “kid things” and “adult things”. Kids watch cartoons, adults watch the news. Kids read comics, adults read classical literature. In her generation, there was more of a defined line between kid things and adult things, and because of this she is now approaching a different generation with a different mentality with her own older philosophy in mind, causing there to be misunderstanding. In her time I would have been considered “childish” for my overt enjoyment of something originally made for kids. Nowadays that concept is changing, though it’s still a few years off from full acceptance. The way I see it, you can have any interests you want as long as they don’t consume your life and prevent you from engaging in other fulfilling activities and interests. For instance, I love pokemon and cosplay. It’s an avid hobby of mine that I deeply enjoy. However I am also a student in a masters program of counseling psychology and can hold a conversation about things related to my major and other such sophisticated endeavors. Now, if I could only hold a conversation about pokemon and similar things, then yeah that would be inappropriate and I would need to grow up a bit. To me, growing up isn’t about letting go of childish things; it’s about expanding your world. Build on what you have and never forget what you love :D
Now let ME apologize for the crazy long rant. This is an area of cultural significance that really means a lot to me, so it’s something I tend to talk a lot on. If your mother is still confused as to why a 25 year old man thinks it’s ok to run around in public dressed as a French scientist from a children’s video game, please show her what I’ve written above. Hopefully it will provide her a different perspective from what she’s previously been given in her lifetime. And if she has further questions and would like to discuss this concept further just let me know ^_^