I think I’m the perfect epitome of forever 21. I am also qualified for forever 16, forever 14, and forever 12. I’ll never grow old whether I like it or not. That’s what I believe in but lately things change. I now feel old. I can lie about my age if I talk about inches, lines, and wrinkles. But there are some clear signs of aging that I cannot deny.
When you see your peers change their relationship status to married and baby photos in their wall photos
Most of the time, I am surprised when I see my batch mates in school, my friends and acquaintances over here and there share wedding photos. “But that’s impossible! He was just about my age.” Really? Does that mean I can get married too? Reality bites. It’s just so hard for me to reconcile that I can be mother and a wife, like some of my peers do.
When your dreams are SMARTer
As you and I grow old, our dreams become smaller and smarter so that they can fit into our world. Only a small population of those who have dreamed to be lawyers and doctors in high school will stick to their childhood dreams. When you plan your life ahead, you make practical goal setting. As what my RGEP teacher said goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound)
When you easily get tired and bored
I suddenly feel my body is slowly aging. It’s not as energetic as it used to be. I used to cram a lot when I was still studying. I could endure long nights yet stay alive the following day. Today, I cannot keep my body alert and awake all the time. I have no power to fight sleep anymore. I sleep everywhere.
When cute boys are not interesting
Maybe this is just me. If Iwere a bit younger, I would probably like Daniel Padilla. But I’m just too old to appreciate the likes of Daniel Padilla, Justine Bieber or even guys with baby-face like Richard Gutierrez. I prefer men over boys because boys need a lot of catching up to do. In short I opt to watch a movie of Richard Gere over Zach Efron’s. lol *kidding
When you wear thick face and thick skin
Confidence comes in age. Now, in my twenties, I take risks without thinking. Lesson learned in life: the more you think, the more you don’t do it. Think less and you will achieve more . As the years go by, I develop thick skin. With the number of years on earth comes the number of failures and rejection. You will eventually acquire immunity.
When you forget your age
I don’t speak lies but apparently I have some memory gap which is another sign of aging. I sometimes fill out forms with my wrong age.
When you are already concerned about money and security
Teens will not normally talk about savings, investment, and business. And if you happen to hear these words a dozen times, congratulations, you are now an adult.
When the teen star you used to watch is now an adult
When I watched Anne Hathaway played Fantine in Les Miserables, I could not get over the thought she was the girl in Princess Diaries. She was the nerdy and clumsy Princess Mia and now she’s playing a prostitute. If the teen star is now a full grown adult, then I’m probably an adult too? Gee, how old am I?
When you witness your nieces growing up
It’s easier to notice children growing up than grown-ups growing old. Kids serve as my calendar. They remind me how old I am.