“You’re only old if you think you’re old.”
Some wise words spoken from my best friend recently while texting each other. She had sent me a screenshot of a Facebook memory of us from three years ago, we were both in awe of the fact that it was three years ago. It felt like just yesterday.
I responded with “I feel so old” a phrase I’ve said so frequently in my twenties, and that was when she hit me with some truth.
You’re only old if you think you’re old.
Her words stuck with me.
Especially in a situation that came up last week.
I wanted to get my nose pierced and I asked my mom to come with me, with an ulterior motive to try and get her to have it done as well because I knew the thought was in her mind.
She was nervous.
Not for the pain or anything like that.
She was nervous because she thought she was too old for it.
My mom is so many things, but old isn’t one of them.
My sister and I were trying to convince her otherwise when the woman doing our piercings spoke up and told us that she just pierced the belly button of a 78 year old woman the other week..
and to do whatever you want and f*** what anyone else thinks.
Words of a genius if you ask me.
My mom ended up getting it done and let me just say she looks fantastic, she realized how much she wanted it done and that it was worth it to not worry about how she would look to other people.
Hearing that a 78 year old woman got her belly button pierced amazes me. I love knowing that someone at that age still feels young and is so happy with themselves and just wants to pierce her belly button. She didn’t care what anyone else thought, she just did it.
I hate the thought of people thinking they’re too old to do something, but there I was calling myself old to my best friend, and I’m only 27.
I have so many years ahead of me to do whatever I want.
Great things, stupid things, big things, small things.
And I’m not too old to do any of them.
I’m not going to book a flight tomorrow to a different city just because. I have priorities, but they don’t make me old.
I think one of the reasons we worry about how old we are on a daily basis, is that we get so caught up in our daily “grown up” tasks.
Working 40 hours a week, changing poopy diapers, maintaining the over flowing laundry basket, or paying student loans.
All things that are necessary to get through the day, but aren’t things that should make you feel old. Tired, but not old.
Since when did getting older make us old?
The older I get, the more responsibilities I have, but that’s something that comes with growing up. It shouldn’t hold you back from doing whatever it is that you want to do.
If you want to go skydiving, go skydiving.
If you want to listen to the Frozen Soundtrack all day, listen to the Frozen Soundtrack all day.
If you want to get a tattoo, go get a tattoo.
If you want to go back to school, go back to school.
I don’t think anyone’s too old to do anything, I think it’s the mindset that you feel old.
That you have to live up to this thought that since you’re getting old you have to act old. That life gets too busy and hard so you simply can’t get out of your comfort zone and do something that you feel you might be too old for.
It feels good.
To feel young.
To forget your age and do whatever you want simply because you want to do it.
I swear sometimes I still feel 22, and that’s what I told my best friend when I was telling her how old I felt.
“Then 22 it is, T Swift and all.”
If you feel 22 but you’re really 27 what’s wrong with that?
You still have those daily life things that happen but what happens when you’re done with them? Nothings holding you back from doing whatever you want, especially not your age. You just have to do it.
Drive with your music loud and sing terribly.
Sign up to take a new class for something you’ve never done before.
Stay up late and watch Netflix till you get that “are you still watching” message.
Laugh all night until your stomach hurts.
Go get your belly button pierced.
Sometimes it’s fun to forget your age every once in a while.
Give it a try.