UAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
All these posts about turning 18 got me thinking. This July I'll be turning 20. For those out there who are old enough, was turning 20 awkward for you? I know in the U.S. the "adult" age is 18 and the drinking age is 21, but I've somehow associated turning 20 as the end of your childhood. I feel really strange about it, because I still feel the same more or less as I did at 17.
BTW, I'm taking my last great adventure as a "kid" this July. I'm going to Hawaii with one of my friends from high school, with no parents. When I get back, it will be one week and counting until the big two-oh.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 990 times:
Well, one thing I noticed is that age gets less and less important. The milestone numbers are still going to be noticed, but overall I started to think less and less about my own age and everyone else's age.
When I was 20 I remember being very concerned about what I wanted to do with my life and being worried because I didn't know exactly and the future was so uncertain. I found out later it really doesn't matter: just do what you enjoy and things will fall into place.
When you're 20, you think that a 15 y.o. is still a kid and a 30 y.o. is ancient. Later, 5 or 10 years difference in age is not a big deal. In fact, I started getting sick of my own age group and started enjoying older people more; and a few younger people more.
I think when you're 16-25 you're more likely to stop and spend a lot of time thinking about these age milestones...What does it mean? Where am I going? Where have I been? Who am I? But, as you get older you just live your life and see physical age as less and less important.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 974 times:
I was really paranoid about turning 30 - thought all life as we know it would cease. It didn't. Didn't worry too much about 40, and all the rest after that have been a breeze. The actual years only become significant now if something acts as a reminder - a free annual bus pass, a telegram from the Queen, etc. Apart from the physical changes, and a tendency to forget your name and address, the tyranny of age is all just in the mind. You really are as old as you feel. The worst thing you can do is get to 30 and regret the good things you didn't get around to doing in your 20s. Enjoy them.
Vez From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 968 times:
I turned 25 this week. The toughest part I think is realising that I have adult's responsabilities, but i sometimes think like a child... I could still play with Tonkas and enjoying it! And a fart still makes me laugh
It's when you realise that you don't care much about what people are thinking that you know you're getting older. When I was in my teens, I would never have listened to Simon and Garfunkel, or hug my mom, or wear a bicycle helmet, or refusing a beer, etc. Only the losers did that! Now that I'm older, I don't care anymore about what people think of that. And at the same time I realised that people might actually think these behaviour are good ones!
That's what getting older means to me: having the liberty to do things I did'nt have the right, or didnt take the right to do when I was a teen.
But don't worry, hair are not soon to grow in your ears! That's a bad thing about getting older... it frightens me.
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 958 times:
Damn, I'll swap places with you UAL.
I'll be 37 this July.
Hardest thing I remember about turning 20 was remembering to write a "2" for the first digit instead of a "1".
Apart from that, just another number.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Don't worry too much L-188, mothers have their little ways. At least she remembered it was your birthday anyway. You may not be too flash with numbers yourself in another 30 years.
One year my Mum gave me a model aircraft for Christmas. (I had hinted that was what I wanted). Her knowledge of model planes wasn't too good, so when I unwrapped it, instead of a 200th scale plastic thing to assemble and paint, there was this wind-up thing with a flashing light on the top.
I was about 28 at the time.
FlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 941 times:
Oh my gosh! I'm 20 and i think i feel something very very very strange and weird in my life...I'm not happy with this year as I have no idea what I want to do and what I want to be? Being 20 year-old people have to start a serious girlfriend and boyfriend relationship or making best friends. For me, I don't want to have relationship, just myself. I really hate to grow up and learn to be responsibility in the rest of my life. I fear of everything! I still don't understand why I am sooo shy again!
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 930 times:
It bothered me a bit when I turned 20, but in retrospect my twenties were much more enjoyable than my teens. Don't think about it as getting older -- think about it as starting what for many people is their best decade yet.
Like Sophiemaltese, I will also be turning 30 next month. It has me bothered a little bit, but I'm trying to keep in mind the idea that being youthful is more a matter of attitude than age.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5669 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 913 times:
UAL1837 reminded me how much I hated turning 20! No longer a teenager and not yet a full-fledged adult (at least in the US). 30 was no big deal, I'll be 37 in May. Have decided to start counting backwards after I hit 39 until I hit 35 and then NO MORE BIRTHDAYS!
Sophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 895 times:
Vez, what you say is so true and I only recently realized it in the past year or so. When you get older, 30+ I'd say, you really do care a lot less what people think about you. Life can be a lot more fun!