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Feeling Wierd About Turning 20  
User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 826 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.

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 804 times:

I still feel pretty much the same at 44 as I did at 17. A little less horny, a couple more aches and fatter, but still not much difference.


Is grammar no longer taught is schools? Saying "me and her" or some such implies illiteracy.
User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 795 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.

kind regards,

RogueTrader



User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 786 times:

I wish I was turning 20. I'll be 30 next month... Sad

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29690 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 784 times:

Sophie's older then me.....But not by much...

I hit 30 next March.

But the sad part is that this year my mom thought I was turning 30!! She was there, she should have known the right age.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 779 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.
cheers
Bill



"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29690 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 775 times:

Yeah TNboy but your mom didn't think you where 30 not 29.


It was acutally pretty upseting.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineVez From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 773 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  Smile

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.

Mart


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 763 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.  Smile


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 760 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.
Feel better?
cheers
Bill



"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineVywh From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2002, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 748 times:

Hey man.
I didn't feel anything special when I turned 20 a couple of months ago..It's just the same...
But it seems I'm growing older and older.Yerk!!


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1969 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 746 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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 735 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.


User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 721 times:

Hey Brian,

I just turned twenty. I think you know how I felt about it.

Well, the best thing to come about it is that it has finally made me feel like the master of my fate... I'm making some HUGE moves in my life right now.

On the other hand, I'm sad to see my teenage years slip by; now I don't have an excuse to be mad at the world.  Smile

FlyBoyOZ-- I totally feel you.

However, I do expect the 20s to be the best, as most people I've talked to have felt about the 20 something years.


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4877 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 718 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!  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 708 times:

I'll be 20 in November and I'm starting to feel a little weird about it, if only because i've had a 1 in front of my age for so long, it'll be weird not to have it there.

LH423



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User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 700 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!

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