They're there, though. They're just not as dramatic as hunting a boar or renting your first prostitute. They're often slow, and you don't even know they're happening.
Today I reflected for a moment on one of the biggest differences between my life now, and when I was a child:
I have no idea what I'm doing.
I remember at the time feeling that I was trapped in a tyrannical regime bent on eliminating every sliver of freedom from my life... and in some respects that was true... but you know what? I had structure. I knew what was expected of me, and I got regular status updates. My direction was clear: Forward. As long as I kept going to school, I didn't have to think about anything.
Now I have no idea what's going on, when I'm doing well or not, or how to get anything done. Sometimes I wish I still got those Six Week Progress Reports like in high school.
(Adam works well when he works, but is often distracted by something he refers to as "blogging." This could become an issue in the future.)
(Adam has made great strides in making himself more available to his peers. However, he does not play well with others, and has recently displayed an abrasive attitude.)
(While it took him a while to dedicate himself to the project, Adam recently completed Mass Effect 2 with flying colors. He has yet to complete Fallout 3.)
(Adam displays very little comprehension of the basic principle of this field. I suggest he begin remedial classes as soon as possible.)
Summary: Adam shows a lot of potential, but little interest in fulfilling it. He would go far if just displayed a little more initiative.
You know what? I've changed my mind. I don't want that at all.