1. Capucine says...

    For me, it was when I noticed the university students my city is teeming with looked so very, very young…all of them, all the time, not just the occasional young-looking one at the bus stop. The shoe dropped the fifth time I said ‘They look so young’ aloud….ah. THEY’VE GOTTEN YOUNGER!

    No, no. I aged. I actually pulled ahead out of that university herd, without ever realizing it. I see the tender vulnerability and optimism and sullenness in them and am touched by how very young they are, I was, we were. I am.

    For me, having a child was what put the look of an adult in my eyes; that drawn strain from living daily knowing if anything ever happens to the currently wailing child hanging off my leg, I will never be whole again. When I see those young students, that is what they have I lost – ignorance of the vulnerability of life, and love. They don’t know yet, the broken heartedness of true love, it’s all still ahead. I could be 16 or 23 or 43, but deep love is what changed how I look from light youth to…sober?

  2. Haha!!!! Yes! LOL

  3. Mags says...

    Sooo true. And weird. I was talking to my husband recently and we were trying to figure out who one of the non-regular teachers at my kids’ school is based on a name.
    Me: “she’s older, small frame, . . .”
    My husband: “If it’s who I’m thinking of, she’s about the same age as you.” Me: “Oh yeah, she’s probably younger than me.”
    (I’m 33. I would definitely call myself old if I was not me and describing myself.)

  4. Joy says...

    I’m 38 and a doctor, and I LOVE that this is part of the stereotype for doctors now – “My doctor is a young (ish!) woman, the same age as I am!” With the intensive training programs all doctors complete (7-11 years AFTER college), the youngest board-certified doctor you’ll ever see will be 29 or 30. It’s so exciting to be part of a generation realizing, “Oh, of course, THIS is what a doctor looks like.”

  5. Quinn says...

    My oldest brother has commented on this before, usually while watching sports. It’s one of the reasons he rooted for the Pats to win the Super Bowl this year, since Tom Brady is “old” like him but still in great shape! He’s also talked to me before about an article he read that said men, no matter their age, always say that their perception of Batman is that the comic book hero is always perceived as older than the man surveyed. Age is so weird.

  6. jeannie says...

    This is so spot on! Love it.

  7. Cait says...

    I’m only 25 (and a mom of three), but I’m starting to get glimpses of this on a smaller scale. Like a few people have said, I think the weirdest is realizing people you admire are younger than you (like all the Olympic gymnasts!). At the same time, I’ve always wanted to be around people older than me, and here in NYC I’m obviously a very young mom and the majority of my friends at mom’s group and in my neighborhood are 10-15 years older than me. It feels normal though, and I don’t feel any younger until references to years or pop culture come up. All of this has made me a TERRIBLE judge of ages….’they’re my best friend, so how could they be almost 40?!’ But they are, and it’s fine.

  8. So true!

    I’m 33 and now my knees hurt a bit after playing tennis… it makes me feel so old! Ah well, at least we learn how to relax a little more as we get older.

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  9. Eva says...

    Ahahahaha I’m going through this on the regular.

  10. Allison says...

    This genuinely happened with my doctor today at my annual physical! New town, new doc, but she’s awesome.

  11. Ana says...

    Ugh. Since turning 30 I notice this constantly. The other day I watched an episode of Friends and realised I’m 4 years older than Monica in season one. Say what?1
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  12. Oh man or when you see people who are still in high school/university and sooo successful with genius business ideas, on instagram, or Olympians.. and I feel like I’m just herp derping around heeheh

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  13. What a perfect picture to show that we all see it differently! I find it hard and try to practice staying in the moment as it all changes so fast. Having your doc be younger then you must be a crazy experience. I also remember giving social worker advice to clients at the age of 25.

  14. Erica H. says...

    Haha! YES!

  15. Heidi says...

    Actually what’s weird is when they are younger!

  16. Laura C. says...

    Oh my God how accurate!!

  17. Amy says...

    I’m 32, living in a big city with my boyfriend and a dog. My mom sometimes drives me nuts always asking what I’m doing, where I am, when I am going home, am I safe, etc. I have to remind her that when she was my age she had three children already. “What if Grandma was calling and asking you all these questions when you were at home raising three children? It would be weird!” It’s a funny reminder to her (and me) of my age.

  18. Alexandra says...

    Yes! I am 47 and my (public) company’s CEO is one year older, and there are executives in the C-Suite that are younger than I am. Not that I would want to switch roles, but … it’s a weird realization to be one of the “older” folks. On the other hand, getting older is denied to many, and I always have that in the back of my mind, being a cancer survivor.

    • Laura C. says...

      I’m so so happy for you Alexandra!

    • Sarah says...

      I’m a 28 year old dentist and I can’t make it through 2 patients without getting a “what are you, twelve years old??” comment. I still haven’t come up with a non-awkward reply.

    • Sarah (the 28 year old dentist below) – what about ‘would you prefer someone more jaded?’ Said with or without a smile, depending on how kindly they spoke to you xxx

  19. Stephanie says...

    Yes! I was just thinking about the doctor piece the other day – I’m now 33 and, in some cases, my doctor is YOUNGER than me. That really makes me feel old!

    • Stephanie says...

      Replying to myself. Clearly I should have read the earlier comments first because it sounds like a lot of folks are right there with me :-)

  20. Julie D says...

    It hit me when Jennifer Lawrence won her Oscar. And I’m only 27…. It’s almost a “what am I doing with my life” kind of situation. Ha!

    • Scarlett says...

      UGH I had that same thought. She and I were born same day, same year. Made me feel a liiiiiiiiittle inadequate.

    • jen says...

      Ha! I h ad that feeling when Obama got elected!

  21. Erin says...

    I just about die thinking that in June, I’ll have graduated from high school TWENTY YEARS ago. Cripes!

    • Carrie says...

      I’m at 14 years this June. It’s so amazing to me how it just doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. I don’t feel old enough to have been out of school for 14 years!!

    • amanda june says...

      Ha! Carrie! That sounded like a pretty long time till I did the math and realized I’m right there with you! ;)

    • Maryse says...

      Hahaha. I had exactly the same thing as Amanda June!

  22. Ugh, yes! I do that with celebrities now, too! I’ll watch an actor in a movie/TV show and look them up and it’s like, “You’re *younger* than me?!” Blows my mind every time.

    xo, Sofia
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    • Kate says...

      Ha, or the flip side where I think someone in a picture looks older only to read they are about my age. And then I think, “Do I look that old too?!”

  23. Katie says...

    Hahaha, I love this illustration and these are thoughts I have OFTEN. At the doctor recently, while nervously describing symptoms I felt after getting hit by a car while biking a few months ago, I thought to myself, “Why am I feeling so nervous? This doctor is CLEARLY around my age. I’m in my 30s! Be a dang adult!”

    Now I wonder…. IS THIS HOW MY PARENTS FELT IN THEIR 30s?! Are we all just kids trapped in aging bodies?! (I fear the answer is YES.)

    • bisbee says...

      Of course! I remember a friend of my mother’s in her 80’s. She told me that she sometimes was startled when she passed a mirror – she wondered who that old women was, before she realized it was her reflection! That was a long time ago…now I really understand, since I will soon be 66. I still feel young…probably, in my head, I feel like I am younger than my children (42 and 39)!

  24. Angela says...

    I always assume that everyone is around my age, plus or minus a few years, but now I’m 10+ years older than many of my colleagues and it suddenly startles me!

    • Bethany says...

      Yes, when I started at my office, I was the youngest and now, 15 years later, I’m the oldest, except for one–it freaks me out!

  25. Charlotte K says...

    Wait until they are ALL younger!

  26. So so true!
    I can totally relate. i think in my mind, i never really feel myself getting older despite the adding of number in my age

  27. SKB says...

    I am almost thirty, and when I see my younger brother’s friends out drinking at restaurants or in bars, I still do a double take. They have all been drinking legally for years and it just still gets me, even only being a few years older!

  28. Cara says...

    Or when you go to the grocery store and the sign at the checkout says “You must have been born on this day in 1996 to purchase alcohol”. NINETEEN NINETY SIX!! Those kids are buying alcohol! My husband and I were also joking the other day about how crazy it is that we let 16 year old kids drive cars… think about that for a minute. We thought we were so grown up and mature at 16 but really, 16 year olds are just babies.

  29. How funny – this is something I’ve never even thought about! I guess I’m a little ways away from being the same age as all of these people in my life, but still…weird to think about. ;)

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  30. Lucy says...

    My kids’ teachers – my age or younger
    My favorite sports teams’ players – all MUCH younger!

    • Jessica says...

      Yes! When I watched the last Olympics and EVERYONE was younger than me.

  31. Joanna says...

    Hahaha yes I think this all the time. They all go from being aspirational role models, to “whoa you’re my age”… we could be friends!, to “omigod what happened I’m older than you.”

  32. Carla says...

    Oh god, now I feel really old, because all those people are suddenly so much YOUNGER than me!

    • Laura says...

      Same here!

    • Sandra says...

      Ditto here too!

    • Maria says...

      Feeling you!

    • Rebecca says...

      I came here to say the same ha!

    • Sherri says...

      Haha! I had the same reaction.

  33. Barb says...

    Also when you realize you’re actually older than celebrities you have a crush on…eek.

    • Emilie says...

      Yes! Harry Styles… born in 1994!