Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Life: Old But I'm Not That Old


Firstly, thanks to One Republic for the perfect title for this life themed post, which is something I do want to feature more regularly on this blog. (So would love to hear your feedback - would you like to see more of this type of post?)

So what inspired this post? The other weekend my fiance was looking through his album of "Profile Pictures" on Facebook and we were commenting on how young he looked on his first ever profile picture. I then looked through mine (there were a lot more!) and it was almost like looking through a photo timeline of my life. It wasn't just that my hair is now shorter and I look a bit older, but the profile photos start off as various pictures of me and friends on drunken nights out or at fancy dress parties, then gradually become more, well, sensible. Now my profile pictures either tend to be nicely posed (and sober) ones of me and my friends, nice couple photos or contain my very cute niece or little sister or dog! It made me think about how much my life has changed over the last ten, five and even two years and I feel old. I'm 26 (less than half a year til 27 - eek!), so I'm not that old really. It's quite scary.

Since the aforementioned weekend I've been making mental notes of the things I've said, done or noticed in day to day life that make me feel old. You know you're with me when you can relate to any or all of the following: 

  • Your Facebook newsfeed is no longer primarily drunken statuses and photos, rather statuses and photos related to: engagements/weddings/pregnancy/children/buying a house/pets.
  • Nights out are now an irregular occurence and on a weekend evening your idea of bliss is to stay in with your fiance/boyfriend/dog/friends/family, eating pizza and watching a film.
  • When nights out do happen you're too concerned about a) wasting what could be an otherwise productive day the next day and b) how dreadful your skin will look if you get too intoxicated.
  • You look around the club/bar and think, "How did they get in?! They look about 12!". Nope, the depressing reality is they are 18 - and you're not.
  • You get excited about purchasing new household appliances, for example, recently I got excited about our new kitchen bin. Yes you heard me right, a kitchen bin
  • When you see your best friend next, one of the first things you tell her is about your new kitchen bin. She then proceeds to tell you about painting her spare room.
  • You have noticeably less money because it goes into the black hole of bills and saving for a car/house/wedding/holiday etc.
  • You find yourself wondering, "When I am too old to not be able to pull this off anymore?" when looking at clothes. I'm clinging onto my ripped-and-frayed-but-meant-to-be-that-way denim skirt for dear life. 
  • You start writing a "Things to do before [insert age here]" list on the Notes app on your iPhone.

Once I got over the scariness of it all, I realised, what's actually so scary? I didn't make a conscious decision to change, it just kind of happened. I'm not the same person I was when I was 18 and how I spend my spare time is therefore not the same. Then I actually managed to admit to myself... I KIND OF LIKE IT. So I have decided I'm going to embrace being and feeling older - because, as the phrase goes, if you don't laugh about it you'll only cry.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, is there anyone else that feels like this?!

Beauty Bird xx




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  1. I always love these types of posts. They are always very personal and honest so please do more! I dont think we make it a personal choice to change, myself like you have done a similar thing looking through old facebook pictures and what once was drunken nights out with stupid faces is now sensible couple pictures or a boring sober smiley face. When did we become so sensible? I'd like to think for a 25 year old I have my head screwed on. I've met the man I want to marry. I'm a manager in a job doing on average 50 hours a week. I have a small select group of amazing friends and I'm saving with my fella to get a mortgage. I love my life and I embrace it everyday. Happy to hear you have embraced feeling a little older!

    Lucie xx fatbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your side! It's such a natural change isn't it but I think when you're young you feel like you're going to be the same forever xx

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  2. Love this post, I just turned 30, yes 30 but still feel about 26 so it took a while to head my head around that I left my 20's. Then I realised absolutely nothing changed when I turned 30 and if anything, I felt much more myself and happier than I ever did turning 20!

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    1. I do feel a lot happier in myself, I wish I could still spend money on what I wanted and be a bit more carefree, but I am in a great place now in many other ways xx

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  3. Oh yeah, can relate to all of those! It definitely got worse for me when my company employed loads of 18 yr old college leavers, that really made me feel old. Especially when Madonna came on the radio and one of them claimed not to have heard of her :/

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    1. Whaaaaaat?! That would definitely make me feel old, surely everyone knows Madonna?! Haha xx

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  4. Enjoyed reading this post so much and can relate to all of it! I actually threw out my frayed mini denim mini skirt the other week because it was looking worse for wear, but really because I felt too old to ever wear it again (and hadn't actually worn it since I was 16/17!

    I still wish I could build a time machine and go back to when I was happy, carefree and at college loving life without all the boring worries of being an adult. But you know the one thing I do like about being a bit older? Wearing a coat when I go out at night. Sounds silly but I remember standing outside a club freezing my ass off with all of my friends (all coatless, all freezing) because it wasn't cool to take a coat with you. I might be older, but at least I'm warmer these days! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it :-)
      Haha I'm so with you on the coat thing. I remember going to our local funfair in October with my friends every year and none of us would wear coats! I tried to wear as many layers as possible without looking bulky so I wouldn't get too cold!!!

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  5. Love this post!

    I'm always thinking about wasting the next day if I get too drunk!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic
    x

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    1. Hehe we're clearly sensible these days!xx

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  6. Bahahahaha! This is amazing. I can relate to every single one of those points except for 5 and 6. I'm older than you so you really aren't old. ;)

    xo

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    1. No way are you older than me?! I never would have said! Glad you liked the post :-) xx

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  7. I can't tell you how old I feel reading this Sasha - wish I was 26 again! My 20s was such a carefree and exciting time of constant going out and clubbing, really miss that feeling at times! I could handle a hangover much better in those days - can't do it at all now! I still have some of my clubbing clothes, the tiniest skirts and tops and refuse to get rid of them (no idea why!) - I intend doing a post on them at some stage to give you all a good laugh! xx

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    1. Ooh you definitely should! Maybe should I hang on to that denim skirt for a bit longer, it would definitely bring back some memories!xx

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