I’m too young to be this old…

I’ve been out of the blog mode for a while, in a creative rut lately, but I think I’m back.

It’s November – seriously?! Wasn’t it just the beginning of summer? They really don’t lie to you when you’re a kid and tell you that time will start going faster and faster. It’s very true and very scary.

My friends and I were just talking about this “getting old” scenario. Most of us are nearing our big 3-0, or have already taken the plunge, and we aren’t real sure how to deal with it.

When I was little, I figured that I’d get to a certain age and then I’d “feel” grown up. I would just forget all the childish things and be a full-fledged adult. I can’t say I’ve reached that point yet, nor do I think I ever will!

Are our parents just faking it? When they yell at us, are they really just doing it because that’s what they are supposed to do? Or when they claim they’d love to babysit on New Year’s Eve, because going out isn’t any fun, are they telling the truth?

I also thought once I became a mom I would feel more grown up, but nope, I still act like a five-year old sometimes. In fact, right now I’m eating a bag of Lemonheads and watching my son’s Disney shows (and yeah, I actually like the shows and even DVR’d one the other night because I wanted to see the end.)

Sometimes I still feel like I’m playing dress up, like I’d much rather be in sweats and a t-shirt and not “business” attire. And I want to answer my phone like a normal person – Hey, what’s up? not Hello, this is Tara, how can I help you today (or insert normal phone etiquette here)? I feel like a robot.

And when I meet people, I just want to give them a high-five or a fist bump, not a traditional hand shake. It seems so old and grown up. I met a friend’s son the other day, he was like 10, and I found myself putting out my hand to shake his. He looked at me like I was so weird and so old. I’m too young to be this old!!!

I guess being an adult means you have more responsibility and duties, but in your mind, you’re still a kid. Even though we can’t act on every thought we have, we still have those thoughts.

I think one day a week we should get to act like kids. If someone pisses us off in the store, we should be able to push them down or tell on them to the manager. If someone cuts us off in traffic, we should be able to beep a hundred times just to be annoying. If someone makes us sad at work, we should be able to cry and hide in a corner and call our mom on the phone. I need a kid day every once in a while, and so does every “adult.”

Life is crazy, we make a million mistakes, and we never really get it all figured out no matter how old we get. But that’s what makes us all who we are and let’s just celebrate that.

Here’s to a fun and relaxing weekend for all my readers. And if anyone wants to start a petition for this kid’s day – just let me know 😉

About Tara Darazio

I'm a copywriter, owner of A Passion For The Pen, LLC and host of the Let's Meet For Copy podcast. Contact me at tara@apassionforthepen.com
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