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I keep thinking I'm 20
it's just that the last few years have flown by.
I'm going to do all the 'teen' stuff I can whilst I can still get away with it.
YEAH THAT'S RIGHT, I'VE GOT BAD SKIN ON PURPOSE, FUCK THE POLICE.
In my head, say, Franz Ferdinand are a relatively new band. But to someone getting into music now the time that's elapsed between them releasing their debut and now is as long as 1989 - 1996 was when I first got into music and that seemed fucking ages ago then. And when I think back to the first albums I loved in 1996 or 1997 and realise the time between then and now is the time between me first getting into music and post-punk/early alternative music, I get fucking depressed.
For the first time in my life theres no-one I want to do it with. Fuck getting old
actually wait until I'm an acceptable 'man' height, and a bit better at growing beards. that'll do.
and out of your ears....
at this age then it comes true
if that makes any sense.
Starting to feel a bit shit tho, the closer i get to 30. Im 28 on Thursday :(
Get a bike then
i sometimes remember that i'm 20 and feel really pleased. 20 is such a good age to be. sucks to be you guys.
Much moreso than 21 or 22.
i really like the feeling of being young-but-not-a-teenager. being a teenager is shit. maybe that's cos i was pretty much the last person i know to turn 20 and got a lot of "wow, you're only 19?!?!? that's so YOUNG!!!" from older friends, which isn't really flattering when you're 19
that's a nice feeling. whenever i start to feel depressed about how little i've done with my life so far, i remind myself that i'll have a proper degree at 21, so i have LOADS of time to do other stuff
just that it's a bit more of a reasonable time to go 'shit, i'm gonna have to start being a proper adult soon'. cos it's nearly 25, and that's halfway to 30. so i can understand people who are 24 having a little worry about it. but people who turn 20 and are all WAH WAH I'M SO OLD NOW are invariably eejits who spend time pining after their golden school days and liking facebook pages about being a '90s kid'
The fear of turning 30 really is a curious phenomenon in the developed world.
There's a difference between 'feeling old because you're x age' and 'thinking that by x age you should be doing something else with your life'...
I think it was just a combination of different circumstances that summer that made it feel like TIME WAS PASSING FAR TOO QUICKLY and I SHOULD KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE. I got over it soon after.
and I'm 22. But that's mostly because I've barely scratched the surface of the things I want to in life, yet.
when I've done fuck all.
who already has her own graphic design company and a full portfolio of illustration and photography much of which has been published in various magazines, complaining that she is SO OLD and will NEVER ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN HER LIFE and might as well just GIVE UP NOW. fucking hate those people
try touring with Rolo Tomassi :P
then yeah i'll join your depressed club. If that's alright.
I saw a quote once. It said:
Never resent growing old, for many are denied the privilege.
Possibly the wisest words I have ever read.
You're only as old as the person you're feeling.
Definitely the wisest words I've ever read.
I like being 22 but I want to get older. Quite excited about getting old.
I think i'm doing the sorts of things 21 year olds should be doing. But if i'm still like this in a few years then yeah, i'll probably be miserable.
but remembering the people you know & love won't live forever :((
the fact that my parents are now GRANDPARENTS makes me feel like they're really old which depresses me more than anything. They're not even really old though.
sometimes. Like, I'm now the same age as John Keats was when he DIED, and what the fuck have I achieved? But yknow, more often than not I'm having fun, keeping good company and getting to do stuff I want to do so it's all good really.
But I remember how old I was when I was depressed, and think 'what a twat I was'
a lot, especially as the last year has been solid low-paid internships and 2 hour commutes. And I'm 23 on Wednesday. However my 23/24 year old friends have told me it's been their favourite year. And I'm getting money for my NBC ticket.
but then i think 'oh wait i've got a job and great friends' and then i do a fonz pose in the mirror.
I'm 28, single, no house, dead end job that I can't afford to leave, I'm probably living the next 40 years of my life, right here, right now. Bleurgh.
But, bright sides, I can still see my wang when I pee.
I've found myself thinking a bit more seriously about how much progress I'm making career-wise in the past year, but I reckon that's normal and pretty healthy, and I'm basically doing alright so far, and having a lot of fun doing it.
Isn't everything just great, eh?
Also, it should be noted that, what with advances in medical science (amongst other things) increasing at an exponential rate, most of us now will probably live to like 100 or something, so we've got loads of time to do whatever we want to.
as long as the drinks keep flowing and the girls keep coming, I will never be down about a number.
AND THERE AREN'T ENOUGH OF THEM
that applies to them too.
The day you're only attractive to 70 year olds must be pretty depressing.
TBH I'm really surprised at how much I have to be grateful for.
most people i know/am friends with are in their mid-late twenties. they made me feel ridiculous when I turned 21 tonight. I can't wait to be old and grumpy (more grumpy).
i dont really get depressed when i think how old i am but maybe when i hit 30 i will start panicking.
Like for example, when I last went to Le Bateau (indie nightclub in Liverpool), where I had been going since I was about 18. Hadn't been there for a couple of years, but felt like the oldest man in the world when I arrived. I'm 28.
I knew it wasn't for me anymore when some young kid walked past in massive aviators, a scarf (it was about 40degrees in the basement room) and a rolled up copy of NME sticking out of his back pocket, which had so obviously been folded and rolled as to clearly displaying the letters. I realised a massive part of my young adult life was no longer mine.
On the plus side though, if I go to a nice pub which has a roaring fire and great ales behind the bar, I'm overwhelmed with happiness. It's not all bad ^_^
Talking to some bloke in the toilets about how we both felt really old. He aske me how old I was, so I told him I was 26 and he went, "oh no, you are the oldest person here mate, I'm only 25" and walked off. Glad I could cheer him up
Sort. It. Out.
there could be something in that
or there could be the fact that you've got to be a bit of a depressive loner to post on the nightshift, which is why this thread appeared when it did
this is a thing yeah?
starting to worry i haven't sorted myself out properly yet
Although that said I spent most of 25 - 28 feeling I wasn't doing what I wanted to but not taking actual steps to do it. It's not a bad idea to start to work to a long-term plan but certainly 25's not an age where you should have sorted yourself our properly.
People who know what they want to do with their lives before the age of 27 worry me a little...
definitely starting to put the pieces together a bit (in my mind)
i have too many friends living with their girlfriends and nicely sorted with a job they enjoy mind
Quarter life crisis, innit.
Apparently this is a proper thing, btw
since my last birthday and, when prompted by the treadmill dashboard thingy, keyed my age in as 26 rather than 25. 26 year olds don't burn as many calories as 25 year olds, apparently. INJUSTICE.
Tbh, any age over 22 makes me a little sad because my life between 18 and 22 was several different shades of irresponsible joy. Only a little sad, mind.
Which sounds A LOT older than 26 and scarily close to 30. Oh dear.
31 and very happy.
20 somethings getting down and out because they're 'old'. puhLEASE.
people who are actually not children - so all you guys over - um lets say 27 - have you pretty much given up on your dreams and aspirations that you haven't achieve or are you still chugging along desperately?
As for dreams, I'm running away rather than chasing.
and I've still got lots to do. looking forward to the next 10 years.
and it was all about dumb, bullshitty stuff.
30s were better but compromised by a bad relationship that I somehow managed to stay in for 8 years
At 40 I met the love of my life and got a job that I love, next decade was the happiest I've been.
Just turned 50, parents are old & sick & prob going to die soon and that's a bit of a spin-out, but overall the ageing process hasn't bothered me at all.
Don't mean to sound smug, but you're never too old for something fucking fantastic to happen.
That's a big plus.
I've felt really strange about my age. Feel old as hell and a bit disgusted at myself, like I should have done a lot more with my life by now. But then I know deep down that my 'deadline' for the adult life I want is around 30, which makes me feel better
but I do wish clock time would slow the fuck down
26 or 27 hours in the day would be mint.
happy birthday to us.
Sux to be young. 32 is where it's at. I spent the majority of my twenties drunk, stoned and in a series of dead end jobs so it feels quite nice to actually be sorting my shit out and having the conviction in my actions that i lacked when i was younger. I also have some grey hairs now which makes me look distinguished (or old)
STFU. Most of us will live to be nearly 100, and most of our parents will live well into their 70s and 80s. I was fucking stupid and probably an arsehole when I was 18-25 so I'm glad I'm a bit older now. THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO ACHIEVE STUFF AND BE AWESOME.
that isn't how it works
I said it earlier in the thread, so it's true.
That 10 years has just flown by. To think I was 6 10 years before that just blows my mind.
I don't mind being 26, just wish time would slow down a bit.
but it's also sound advice, and the answer to your problem.
Learn to meditate, practise it regularly.
last year, in a similar thread, words to the effect of:
"If you're aged between 26 and 32, and are worrying about your age, you're wasting your prime years."
Since I'm aged between 26 and 32, I hang my hat on those words and will do for the next few years. Might even misquote it when I hit 33.
Now's the time to stop moping then. Shame coz I'm really quite good at moping and it comes very easily to me.
You can all stop talking now.
When you're 40 (like me), you reassess your life and you plan for your 50s and 60s and beyond ...
It's a good time, transition, change .. it's like you're 20 again. Wait and see :p
my 20s were the most depressing awkward years of my life. Thank fuck I'm not there anymore.
and i'm only half way started!
that's the nature of life, don't dwell on it.
I'm in my 40s, realised that I really should have married someone else, spend my 20s and 30s doing all the 'housewife', 'mother' stuff. Now I'm looking ahead ...
Tomorrow is anothe day - trite but true :)
if making terrible decisions was an olympic sport i would oversleep and miss it
In my opinion.
I like my age. It's the age I want to be.
is exercising compassion and working to reduce the amount of suffering in the world.
You can do it immediately by going out & getting involved in some sort of volunteer work. Not only will it immediately make you happier, it will also give you something else to do besides whining on the internet about how you're hitting 25 and haven't "achieved" anything.
and I have no problem with the idea of doing it because it makes you feel good.
I just find the spectacle of a bunch of 20-somethings complaining about their advanced age, missed opportunities and paucity of "achievement" faintly grotesque. To them I say: pull your head out of your arse, you fucking drip, and go & help someone with real problems. Society will benefit, and you'll be somewhat less of a twat.
and remember, it's relative: maybe a shallow sense of underachievement due to the modern culture of unrealistic/manipulative high aspirations might be dispelled when directly placed in the context of more severe suffering, but there are many of our age (early twenties) who have much more deep-seated issues, just as real as more obvious, dramatic suffering.
I'm not so sure about passing a certain age being the problem, but the sense of wasted or damaged formative years can be a devastating and often unshakeable burden.
I'm 20 and finish University forever. Tomorrow.
I have a big beard and feel fragile, like I don't smoke anymore, haven't smoked weed in nearly 2 years and don't even drink excessively.
I need to partay more.
there is NOTHING for you to be depressed about
i'm pretty content. it therefore pisses me off when anyone says i should be doing x or y or z. i am employed and independent. all is ok.
so everything is exciting. After 5 years being excited about going to a club and getting drunk gets old fast. Just let yourself be excited about what you are excited about though and forget about age. If something is new to you then act young about it.
as I had worked for a couple of years and had some cash so was no longer anyones bitch and had youth and freedom without social pressures that come with being over 30.
like a patronising old tosser, so I've ^this'd a few of the good ones above. For my part, early 20s were great, late 20s not so much (I think that's when I first became aware of getting 'older'). Then I hit 30 and realised it's all a state of mind, that coincided with me finding the job I wanted to do. Never looked back since then. Blisters made some good points above, the only one I'd like to make comment on specifically was about having kids. I never thought I would have any but now I have a 6yr old who has changed my life and my outlook on it.
I don't really care about what other people expect, so if I want to wear kids clothes and like boy bands and use fluffy pens then I'll wear kids clothes and like boybands and use fluffy pens. Myface is already kind of screwed, so I'm not too bothered about the physical aging stuff.