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Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
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Confessions of a Domestic Failure
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

20 Surprising Times I Felt Old

I am in my mid-thirties. I have several friends both older and younger. But, the older I get, the more surprised I am by my age. There are still days when I do not understand why people are asking me questions because I do not feel like an adult. However, there are more days now where I am well aware that I am no longer the young lady fresh out of college. I do adult things all the time because I am an adult.

This does not mean I always do the wise adult thing, but I am an adult. I have to say it out loud some days. And yet, there are still times when I am shocked to feel old. I’m sure you’ve been there too – when all of the sudden someone says something and you are instantly aware of your age. So, I’ve compiled a list of 20 surprising times I felt old. Help me embrace the humor of it by adding your own.

  1. When my students started getting married.
  2. When my students started having babies.
  3. When I took my kids to Disney World the first time. The sheer exhaustion at the end of each day filled me with awe at my parents doing it repeatedly.
  4. When I realized I was significantly older than all the women on The Bachelor.
  5. When the wine delivery guy did not ask me for my ID (even though I answered the door in my pajamas).
  6. When I got excited because the store clerk asked for my ID.
  7. When I was the oldest bridesmaid at the wedding. (This has happened more than once and it still surprises me).
  8. Whenever someone says, “Ask Jen. She’s been married the longest.”
  9. When I yelled to my husband, “Hurry! You don’t want to miss this adorable Hallmark movie about two competing winemakers who fall in love in the vineyard!” and meant it.
  10. When my husband became the go-to conversationalist about certain male procedures.
  11. When I went to get a pedicure and it was truly a time of relaxation and bliss and not simply something to do before a formal event.
  12. When the thought of going to Kirkland’s filled me with joy.
  13. Whenever I calculate the number of years since high school.
  14. When I have to ask someone what a word “the young people” are using means.
  15. When I have to ask who some celebrity is.
  16. Whenever I turn on MTV.
  17. When I started reading motivational or self-help books and enjoying them.
  18. When I wanted nothing more than solitude and silence for an afternoon.
  19. When I reference a song/movie/show from my past that a friend does not know because it was before her time.
  20. When I started having to wear under eye concealer. 
What else would you add to the list? 

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