“Put Your Big Girl Panties On…”
…And just deal with it.”
The Urban Dictionary defines Big Girl Panties as: an expression that is used to say "Grow Up, Move On and Be An Adult."
Linda was crying about Marie and how she was spreading gossip about her. I just told her, "Linda, it's time to put on your big girl panties and deal with it." http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=big+girl+panties
The phrase is also stated as: “Put on your Big Boy Briefs/Boxers and deal with it.”
Whenever I hear this phrase, I have an image of a potty-training toddler running through the house with her pull-up diapers on. J
After weeks of training and repetition, she is finally able to successfully “go to the potty” when needed. She is then able to advance to real underwear, which is referred to as “big girl panties.”
Life works this way. We turn age 18, which is considered to be a “legal adult.” We then discover that it means responsibility, accountability and wise decisions. Some are prepared…many are not.
Life Happens. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Births, Disappointments, Successes, Careers, Illnesses, Adventures, Traditions, Faith, Travel, Growing Older, Death…
Although we may have had a rough start in life, you reach a point that you can no longer blame your parents, your teachers or your circumstances. Eventually, we must take responsibility for our own lives.
The Bible says:
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV): When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Peter 2:1-4 (NKJV): 2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 (NKJV): 3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
“Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and start making changes.”
“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who you are, but we are responsible for who we become.”
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings
“Growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” – Walt Disney
“Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your Wings Are Ready.”
“It’s not too late to be the person you wanted to grow up to be.”
“You have the power to say…This is not how my story will end.”
“If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will make an excuse.”
“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.”
It would be wise for each of us to decide what we want our lives to be, ask God for guidance and Make It Happen.