Don’t get me wrong: I’m properly terrified of getting old just like anyone else. Our teenage years are filled with insecurity and unease, our college years are our YOLO years but they’re over too soon, and before we know it, we’re the overgrown twenty-something children just managing to keep everything together.
I love being young, but when I do get older and have to become a proper adult, I’ll look back and won’t miss certain aspects of being young and not-so-carefree.
1. There is so much uncertainty
In a certain episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby wishes he were an old man so that all of his big life questions would have answers. Things like who you’ve married and what your career ended up like. Now, I don’t want to be elderly just yet, but it must be nice to have your life sort of set on a clear path…which mine emphatically isn’t at the moment.
2. I would love to have more money
Someone once said, “your thirties are like your twenties, but with more money.” I would like to have it all now, please. Having more money means never having to skip guacamole at Chipotle, being able to afford cable TV, and like, going on vacations and stuff — among other things, but I can’t see how anything else is as important as those things. If I had money it would be all guacamole, all the time, probably while sitting on a beach in Hawaii. With cable TV.
3. People treat you like you’re an authority
I love when I get to talk to younger people like, “When I was your age…” even when they’re less than 12 months younger than I am. I like being able to take care of myself, be independent, and prove that I can do Adult things pretty well. And I like to give advice.
4. Your parents don’t judge you for making poor choices — as much
When you’re a certified Adult, your parents can only shake their heads at you if you make poor life choices, and that’s only if they find out. Being an adult means not having to depend on your parents to guide you. Even though you should seek them out for advice and wisdom, there’s a certain confidence in knowing that no matter what, you’re always able to make your own decisions separate from your parents, and regardless of what they may think.
5. There’s no shame in going to bed at 10:30
Older people are expected to go to bed early because they’re old lolol, but really, I love nothing better than snuggling in bed early and waking up at a decent hour!
6. You’re only as young as you feel — apparently
Getting older doesn’t mean getting old. The luxury of getting older is that you can always act the age you feel, not the age you are. Young people always feel pressure to act young and carefree, even when they’d rather take it down a notch. Which brings me to…
7. There’s no more pressure to drink and party every weekend, making it that much more fun
Even twenty-somethings get tired of the bar scene, but as a young person, you’re expected to have some faux fun on the regular. When you’d rather be home in bed at 10:30 with Netflix, your friends and society will badger you about turnin’ up. When you get older, you can party at your leisure, and make it that much more enjoyable because you actually want to take three tequila shots within the hour (and then make it home for your 11 p.m. bedtime!).