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Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 12:59 pm

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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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 1:27 pm

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.
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 2:11 pm

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.

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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 2:13 pm

I wish I was turning 20. I'll be 30 next month... Sad
 
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 2:16 pm

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.
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 2:24 pm

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.
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 2:59 pm

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


It was acutally pretty upseting.
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 3:17 pm

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.

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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 5:08 pm

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
 
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 5:13 pm

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?
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 6:17 pm

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!!
 
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 6:51 pm

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
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Sun Apr 14, 2002 11:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Mon Apr 15, 2002 2:02 am

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.
 
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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Mon Apr 15, 2002 2:05 am

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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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Mon Apr 15, 2002 2:57 am

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.

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RE: Feeling Wierd About Turning 20

Mon Apr 15, 2002 12:08 pm

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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