So, for the past 3+ years, this blog has been a huge part of my life. It’s been wonderful, even (and I say this without exaggeration) life-changing. But as with many good things, I’m writing today to announce that my time here has come to a close.
Starting tomorrow, I won’t be running the How to Adult Tumblr anymore.
Before you get too sad about this, please let me reassure you: The blog will live on. It’s going to be in amazing hands. This change is happening for incredibly exciting reasons. And although I can’t go into details, I can say that once those reasons are revealed (and they will be soon), y’all are going to be very, very happy campers.
So before I ride off into that Tumblr sunset, I just want to say, from the bottom of my whole heart: thank you.
Although I’ve spent countless hours here trying to dispense advice and guidance, y’all have helped me every bit as much as I may have helped you. It’s been a privilege to play a small (and hopefully useful) part in your lives. And being a member of the How to Adult Team will always be one of the great honors of my professional life.
I’d love to continue talking with you at tmichaelmartin.tumblr.com, if you’d like to continue This Crazy Journey Called Adulthood together.
Either way, though, please know how much each and every message, reply, Ask, reblog – all of it – has meant to me. You’ve seen me through my lowest lows and highest highs, and it has been nothing but a joy to get to know y’all.
Remember, friends & neighbors: Adulthood isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you make. Here’s to making ours awesome.
Farewell to Commander Erwin Smith.
This post is a farewell to Survey Corps’ Commander, who died bravely in latest operation where he put Companies’ lives in game to Levi could kill Zeke.
Erwin Smith was Survey Corps’ Simbol. Simbol of freedom, simbol of fight, simbol of courage, simbol of survival, simbol of loyalty, simbol of release. He urged the Legion to the top, risking the lives of their peers to achieve their goal.
A lot of people have critiziced him to bring their companies to their deaths to get his desire: goes to the basement and know the truth. And yes, this is selfish but he wants know World’s Secrets, like everyone in Survey Corps.
Everything he has done has relapsed him on his shoulders. All deaths of his colleagues and friends have befallen him, taking them always with you and tormenting him every day of his life, which did not achieve happiness even for a moment. Along with the deaths, the decisions that took place and that caused their deaths. Despite this, Erwin never gave up or hesitate in his post as commander. He faltered at the end, but Levi made to carry out his final plan, and even if it were horrible and unreasonable, was the only one who died with pride aside fear, because it was the first to sacrifice his life to save humanity, taking with him to his colleagues. Erwin knew he was going to die and no doubt twice to lead his group to death that will provide success to humanity.
He was so tired, and each day he remembered all friends who fallen in battle, like Nanaba, Mike and more and more and more people.
He was so sad at the end because he knew that his death was near and he never could know what had been in the basement. He never could get his father’s desire at the end. He was so depressed because he never cried for his companies because ‘there isn’t time to cry by our companies’. I think someone said that or I read it in some place.
He is hated by many people because he took the entire Legion to death just to reach his dream, but there are still more people who love him because all the sacrifices he has shown that, despite this, all his companions have been loyal and they have continued to the end, even if it meant death. Erwin has made it into the hearts of the soldiers with their deeds and words, giving them the courage to fight until the end, winning the freedom and liberation of this cruel world. Always he encouraged his great speeches making them see how important were for humanity. He loaded with all the lives of his comrades on his shoulders. Thanks to this, in addition to his dream, he was able to continue to avenge his comrades reaching the success of humanity and this be able to make sense of their deaths, because although they die, their will will live for generations.
He has had to put aside their own humanity and become a monster to lead the Legion without flinching. It has never been in such a cruel world happy. The nice thing only has seen has been the friendship and ties that can build people fighting for the same purpose. Unfortunately, it has also seen how these ties have been cut over and over and over again.
He was a wonderful character in this story and died like a hero. Saying 'thank you’ for everything to his friend, because he knew he was going to die and he was going to rest in peace. Levi realized that when he stared at him at the end. Levi wanted that Erwin will rest in peace, yet, because he couldn’t sopport more deaths about his shoulders if he’ll live.
He has become in a legend and a legend never dies.
This is our latest goodbye to you, Commander.
Goodbye, Commander Erwin Smith. You’ll always be remember.
Will woke up more than once and looked directly to his nightstand next to bed, and breathes relieved to see a seashell there. He smiled and went to the bathroom.
Every day Will had to make sure that last months weren’t a dream, and that’s real. Yeah, he is really dating Mike Wheeler and he couldn’t stop smiling that he think of that. Mike told him was the road until date Will.
Mike went with Eleven to Snow Ball, ok, was cute and romantic, and he really liked her. But the time went by, and he started to wonder if Eleven liked him or if she just feel safe for be around him, and everything they passed together had created that illusive feeling. Then Mike noticed he couldn’t be with El, because she need to know the world, know herself and know people, and after that she could be in this kind of relationship with someone.
For Mike’s surprise, El’s reaction was peaceful. She understood what he means and she said he’s right and they’re still close like they always are. That make him much happy, for not losing El.
The days passing by and Mime started to notice that he’s even more close to Will, that when Will wasn’t physically present he was in Mike’s thoughts. When Mike went with his family to California, Mike couldn’t stop thinking how Will would love to know the sea, and when he went to the beach and saw a beautiful seashell, he took it and clean it, saying that it’d be Will’s souvenir.
After the trip, Mike took his bike and went to Byers house, couldn’t handle to show to Will what he brought to his friend. When Mike showed to Will the seashell, the boy’s green eyes shined and he hugged Mime, thanking him for remember of him. In the end of the hug, Mike gave a kiss on Will, like it’s the obvious thing to do, what surprised Will. The two got embarrassed at first, but Mike got courage and asked Will to date him and Will accepted. That was the first of many kisses.
Will and Mike still had a lot of firsts. The first time they hold hands. The first movie they watched together as boyfriends. The first time they told to their friends they are dating. The first time they said “boyfriend” to each other. Obviously few people knew about this date: El, Dustin, Lucas, Max, Hopper, Joyce, Jonathan, Nancy and Steve. Steve. Steve swears he knew since the beginning. No one else could know.
But sti had a first that Will was thinking a lot. He knew he love Mike, and the boy deserved to know that, with all words. But Will couldn’t say, he stammered and got red. One time Mike confronted the bullies from school, that was calling Will “Zombie boy” again. Will thought that was very brave and cute.
-Will, are you okay? - asked Mike. - They are jerks.
Will just looked to Mike, with a shy smile as a mute thanks for having him protected. The small boy looked to the hall and there’s no one, so he took Mike’s hand. His smile got bigger and he said:
But he can’t make it.
Secretly, Mike love that. He knew how shy and introspective his boyfriend was, what is cute, because he knew that Will wanted to say, even not saying at all. His red cheeks and shaking hands made Mike want to kiss him right there, but it’s too risky. That happened a few times, after a farewell hug or when Mike talk about his eyes, but Mike wouldn’t force or rush anything.
And now they’re in a camping trip. All the party is going: El’d sleep with Max, Dustin with Lucas and Will with Mike. Nancy, Jonathan and Steve went to take care of them. The party tried to understand how their relationship worked out, mas Steve said to “watch out their own business”.
The night came on, and they reunited around a camp fire and baked marshmallows. Steve brought a guitar and they sand (or tried to) some songs. Dustin was the best singer of all of them.
Later, they were looking to the starts and the constellations, Lucas and Dustin talking about the history of each one of them. El and Max laughed with Lucas trying to impress his girlfriend. Will was quiet, just layed down next to Mike, who was looking to the moon. It’s already cool and they’re sharing a blanket.
-I never saw the moon so shine like tonight. - said Mike, smiling.
-I like the moon. It’s very pretty. - said Will, looking to Mike.
-I prefer you. - Mike smiled, looking to his boyfriend.
Will got blush with the comment. He had to reply that with the better way. Mike deserved it.
-Mike? - called Will.
-Yeah? - asked Mike.
-I…I… - Will took a deep breath, trying to find courage.
-Will, I love you. - said Mike, with a beautiful smile, kissing Will’s cheek.
Will got more blush, but his eyes shined. Mike always knew he’d be the first to say the three words, because Will is too shy for that. But didn’t matter for Mike; he knew that was the moment.
-Me too. - that’s all Will could say, because his chest was full of happiness.
One day (the day Will got punched from the bullies and Mike took care of his red eye) he’d talk the three words to Mike, properly.
-Look, a shooting star! - shout Nancy.
They all looked to the sky, some of them pointing and showing the star track.
-Make a wish. - said Mike, e when no one was watching, gave a little kiss on Will.
But Will didn’t need to make a wish. He already had all he needed.
This play happens in blackout, save for a single string of Christmas lights- the kind you can unscrew- which extends from the SL curtain to the bar. MIKE follows this path, unscrewing each bulb, as he delivers the following. The last bulb is unscrewed with him directly in front of the bar, coinciding with the last line of the play.
Will you feel abandoned as you hurtle towards your death?
Decades of work discarded as your skin is flayed from your bones?
“Skin” is a funny word for it.
Steel, titanium, aluminum, polymers-
Materials of which I can’t conceive
With chemical names longer than the text of this play.
Truth be told, “will” is a funny word for it, too.
Even as I stand here saying this, your destruction is complete.
You are dust
Doomed to an eternal orbit,
The sights you’ve seen are too absurd to imagine.
Volcanoes spewing snow,
Dunes of melted plastic-
If not for you,
We wouldn’t waste the mental energy entertaining their existence,
Much less the idea that we could share a universe.
I wonder if they cried for you,
While littering the floor of the control room with emptied champagne bottles.
And if you’d had a sense of honor-
If such a functionality was in any way useful to your mission-
Would it have offended you to be personified as such?
I don’t know where you’d feel feelings,
But would your…
Run hot at the suggestion that you,
Seeker of life,
Could not detect it in yourself?
Or would you be content in knowing you’re a perfect symbol?