Wow You’re So Young!

That’s what people usually say when they hear that I’m “only” 26.

Yep.

Twenty six.

I’ll be twenty seven at the end of next month!

Which is funny really as I was the one when I was a teenager who never got ID’d.

Thing is, I don’t think age really matters that much once you’re about my age.

I think most people assume that I’m 30 or so these days, with me having two kids and a failed marriage under my belt.

Or maybe it’s because I’m a parent, and have grown up pretty damn quickly from that.

Maybe it’s more to do with knowing now, without any shadow of a doubt, that the world definitely does NOT revolve around me.

I don’t know.

Either way, I feel like a grown up.

When I chat to friends who are older than me, they always forget that I’m “so young” in the same way that I forget they’re not ages with me!

My mum and I are SO alike too – you wouldn’t imagine from chatting to us that we were any different in age really. Not if you didn’t see us.

Perfect example being us both getting silly-excited about things like pretty paper and painting and stationery supplies!

We even sqwee about things that excite us the same way! hehe πŸ™‚

Hell, even in comments she leaves here, my mum says things in *exactly* the same way I would!

I don’t feel particularly young.

Or particularly old either.

I feel like I’m just nicely in the middle right now.

I’ve gone through a fair bit in my life so far, and no doubt that’s helped me to grow a fair bit.

I will go through a lot more in what remains of my life too, and still that’s a lot less than some people have to go through.

I guess for me, maybe because I’m feeling so settled in myself, and in my circumstances now, I feel like I’m finally*settled*.

And really rather lucky that I’ve found my feet so early on in my life compared to some others.

So yes, I am “so young” really.

Though I often think of myself being around 30 just because, I don’t know, it seems more grown up than most 26 year olds I know of (most of them not being parents mind you!).

Either way, I quite like the age I am now in my mind.

And you know what? I think I’ll be staying at that age, whatever it is, for a long long time. πŸ™‚

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21 Comments

  1. February 23, 2011 / 12:30 am

    Well, speaking from the ripe old age of nearly 40, I still feel around 30. I’m always surprised when I realise that I’ll be 40 next year!

  2. February 23, 2011 / 1:29 am

    Aww! I like this post! Being young and 20-ish rocks.. of course I say that because I’m at the sweet age of 22!! It’s amazing how many people actually think I am older then what I actually am. I dont have a clue why! Though I’m still getting ID for every little thing!! Including teaspoons!! Xx

  3. February 23, 2011 / 2:14 am

    I turn 27 at the end of next month too! Because we’re in college and consistently around teenagers and the young twenty-somethings, I usually feel old. Not necessarily wise, just been around the block a few times.

  4. February 23, 2011 / 6:49 am

    I am stuck around that age I find it hard to believe I am older! I do think it’s because of your current status and also the fact you are more mature than I certainly was at 26!

  5. February 23, 2011 / 7:36 am

    Ha, you think you get it a lot, try having 2 kids at 22! I know exactly where you’re coming from though/

  6. February 23, 2011 / 8:32 am

    ID’d for teaspoons…. really?? What on earth?? O.o

  7. February 23, 2011 / 8:33 am

    Yeah I remember feeling the same when I went back to uni after having Zack. It was very strange!

  8. February 23, 2011 / 8:34 am

    LOL good point! I didn’t have two kids till I was 23! Old fart compared to you then. πŸ˜› x

  9. February 23, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    Show off… πŸ˜›

  10. February 23, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    That’s the thing – it surprises me too, cause when we chat it’s just like we’re on the same wavelength, you know? I can’t WAIT till April! πŸ˜€ xx

  11. February 23, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    I think that age is something that really varies, I mean your 26/27 year old self is different from what my 26/27 year old was (although probably not). It isn’t just differences between boys and girls (boys 16 is more like Girls 10!) but between circumstances, upbringing, challenges in life… I could go on.

    Anyway as someone who keeps forgetting how old she is (I’ll be 32 this year) I think it isn’t age that is important but maturity. I’ve lost mine though.

  12. February 23, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    You mean… you had maturity?? (joke!! That’s a joke!!) πŸ˜‰
    I totally agree with you there though. It’s more about knowing how and when you have to do the correct/right thing, and when it’s ok to be silly and have fun!

  13. February 24, 2011 / 12:01 am

    Ah 30 isn’t old at all! It’s just the beginning! Or is that 40…? Either way – age is what you make of it I reckon. πŸ˜‰

  14. February 24, 2011 / 12:42 am

    If you’re in the middle, what does that make me?? OMG…

    Great post, you wee young thing, you… πŸ˜‰

  15. February 24, 2011 / 10:34 am

    Haha age is about how you feel, not your date of birth! Or that’s how it feels to me anyway! πŸ™‚

  16. February 24, 2011 / 10:35 am

    I remember noticing your age a few weeks back and being surprised (although i am sure i have noticed it before) and you do seem much older (as in mature and “grown up” not that you look older )
    I think because my sister is 25 and alot of her friends are similar ages and they seem to young to me – none are married and a few have kids but are still more interested in partying and nights out than anything else . I think of that age as very young , even if i was married with 2 kids then..

    I am going to be 30 this year and *that* feels old lol

  17. February 24, 2011 / 5:17 pm

    I still can’t get over how young you are, but then in my head I’m at least 30 if not 40 so I know how you feel! lol!

  18. February 24, 2011 / 7:16 pm

    LOL sorry but that’s funny cause you’re younger than me aren’t ya? πŸ˜› x

  19. February 24, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    Lol! I am indeed! Although I have a tendency to forget how old I am!

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