Coming-of-age is a process that is often reduced to a series of superficial markers, first romance and a change of clothes being two of the most commonly used. Rely on these, and a journey of personal transformation, whether into adulthood or the next stage of one’s life, is made purely as simple as removing the outer layer of oneself. Coming-of-age is, of course, not just an outward shift, but also an inward one. It’s a collection of moments that mark a gradual change in perception, unnoticeable until it’s tectonic. It’s a departure from the world one finds themselves in, only to find solace in the world they’ve created for themself.