This Week, We're All Getting Older

Logically, I know that I’m not old.

I’m 22 years old. I’m in the full bloom of youth, if you may. My brain isn’t even fully developed yet – that’s how young I am. However, there are moments in life that make me realize that time is not slowing down for me.

That being said, my little 14-year-old sister, Carlitos (aka Carla), was promoted from 8th grade last week. It’s been nine years since I was in 8th grade. The realization that it’s been almost a decade since I was in 8th grade was straight up blood-curdling.

Not that I’d want to go back to 8th grade (they’re drinking hand sanitizer nowadays – DON’T DO IT). No, thank you. At times I feel like I never got over my awkward phase, but I know that 8th and 9th grade were some rough years for me. Mostly, it freaked me out to think that nine years went by so fast. I’m going to be 30 before I even realize it, and then (Lord, save me) 40.

I’m not going to front, the aging process scares me. The idea, nay, fact that one day my body isn’t going to work as well as it does right now is absolutely terrifying. And, yes,  losing my youth and looks is a thought that I don’t even want to consider. I’m vain, okay? Have any of you played around with that app that shows you what you’re going to look like as an old woman? It’s depressing (also, a huge motivator take care of your skin).

I have some existential anxiety that I need to deal with.

I’m 83% sure that I’m not the only one who has these thoughts. I’ve come up with a solution to quell the anxiety that the thought of getting older gives me. We’re all just going to embrace the fact that time goes by at a ridiculous pace. The World will be better for it because:

1. Well, when you realize that time is precious it’s a big motivator to start working on all those dreams before it’s too late.

2. You value your friends and family a lot more because, well, time is limited.

3. We’re all going to make time to do the things we enjoy. Life is too short to spend it doing things you don’t want to do.

4. The World is going to go on a massive health kick. I don’t know about you, but I plan on stretching my time out on this planet as long as possible. (And hopefully looking 35 when I’m 50 through the consumption of water and the use of massive amounts of sunblock.)

I’m prone to hyperbole. I really am. Growing up has been fun. I’ve learned my lessons (some from the Real Housewives). Like I said before, I never want to be a teenager, ever again.

So…who else freaks out when they think about getting older? Is it just me? Excited or not excited? Let me know!

  • Lucy Cairns

    I am also 22 and yes, my thought process could not be any more similar to yours if I tried. Me and my friends have gone from discussing how to get the best tan to what the best anti-wrinkle cream is and whether we should start using it already! But like you said, it gives you a ‘seize the day’ attitude and that has to count for something!

    • Lucy Cairns

      And by tan, I meant fake, definitely not going to make the ageing process hurry up!!!

  • Elisa Riche

    I’m weirdly very excited to get older. Like, big time! I think that youth is all about freakin’ out for the little things whereas being older gives peace of mind and soul. Plus, as I consider myself as a child and think I’ll remain this way forever, growing older only seems to bring some better to an already nice state of mind.

  • Colleen Sweeney

    It’s been over twenty years since I started Kindergarten, and eleven years since I graduated high school.

  • Shona Johnson

    I just turned 30 last week…it was terrifying! There is a certain peace that comes with it though. I’m ok with it, ironically I’m more ok with it now than I was at 29! I’m older and wiser. I found 21-26ish pretty rough, time flew by and I didn’t really know what the frick I was doing with myself. When I panic about age, I try to live by the saying “Do not regret growing older; it’s a privilege denied to many”. x

  • Patty Housel

    Wait until 50 is looming on the horizon! Talk about OUCH! Also, take care of your skin! Don’t get a tan! Example of beauty at an older age – Jane Fonda. 73. Look at her pics from Cannes. Holy cow! I should be so lucky to look that good ever!

  • Andis Vildavs

    YES. I have had waves of the same anxieties, and I even came to the same conclusions! I even had a 5th one: Time DOES go by quickly, and we all will age – but hopefully gracefully (looking 35 at 50). With this in mind, we should EMBRACE our looks. Look as best we can – yes. But fret over what nature will do – no, that would be a waste of precious time and energy.

  • Maria A. Hernandez-Venegas

    I am so about aging gracefully. Overall, I’m excited to get older because there are a lot amazing things that come with age. That’s probably my problem, I want all the good things, but none of the bad. Jane Fonda is essentially what I’m aiming for. She looks sooo good! Glad you guys liked the article! :)

  • Selina Izabella Wilken

    Whenever my mum is about to impart some of her wisdom on me, she starts her sentence with, “When you’ve got the privilege of being as old as I am…” and age really is a privilege, and a gift. It’s so easy to look back at what was and what could have been (we all do it all the time), but if you get old, that’s not something to complain about, that’s something to be grateful for! After all, consider the alternative.

  • Caroline Jeffery

    i’m 25, a former (and kind of current?) athlete, and it terrifies me that in probably 5-10 years i wont be able to remotely do the things i can still do right now. and i’ve already got signs of bodily wear soooo yeah. my biggest fear about getting older is not being able to physically do things for myself.

    • Caroline Jeffery

      besides that, i don’t particularly fear aging. with age comes grace and self assurance and starting a family.

  • April Sutter

    The only thing that really freaks me out about aging is how someone can be considered old for a LONG time! Think about it, if you live to be a hundred you’ve been considered “old” for 40-some years!!! That’s crazy!

  • Lisa Jey Davis

    don’t worry about getting older… like those ancient 40 year olds… just go forward knowing what to expect (of your mind and body as it slowly decays…lol) and enjoy every single moment.

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