Rites of Passage – Then and Now
Rite of Passage: A rite of passage is a ceremony and marks the transition from one phase of life to another. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnerings, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives if we choose to mark and celebrate them.
As I mentioned in the MLC Rite Of Passage post, I thought we’d think about the various Rites of Passage that we went though.
I did name a couple:
- Working at the Cannery
- Your first kiss
- Getting your driver’s license
- Graduating from school
But I’m sure there’s many more. Some, not everyone had the chance to experience – like me – since I never worked at the Cannery.
- Learning to ride a bike – This passage opened up a whole new world for me as I could go exploring all around Kailua back in the day.
- Your first traffic ticket – You’re officially a law-breaker
- Your first job – And your first pay-check. Money that’s all yours to spend however you want to.
- Your first fight – Mine was with the next door neighbor. I was around 10 years old.
- Shaving – Before a 9th grade dance, I took my dad’s razor and tried to shave. Cut myself up pretty good. As my friends and I were walking to the dance, I told them that I shaved that night. My friend said he was wondering what all the white pieces of tissue were on my face (on all the cuts).
- Getting Lickins’ – a passage that was experienced more than once.
- Going into the military – Not a passage that I experienced.
- Getting married – Yes, I would do it again.
- Having children – Yes, I would do it again too.
- Being a grandpa – Haven’t reached there yet.
- Retiring – Haven’t reached there yet either.
- Driving a family van – Been there, done that.
Okay, what Rites of Passage can you think of. Go ahead and leave a little blurb about it if you’d like. And yes, there is one that I left out on purpose.