Age

I skipped kindergarten and so, for as long as I can remember, I have grown up with people born the year before me. People who meet me for the first time don't notice until I tell them I'm younger or they hear it from someone else. Some people don't care because they either don't talk to me, or are my friends and get over it. The others, my 'acquaintances', would make a deal out of it. I'd say I get relatively good grades. But after knowing I'm younger, they believe it makes me a lot more intelligent. It really doesn't.

Why is it that we automatically associate someone's age to their maturity? I agree, a 3 month old would most likely be less wise than a 50 year old. But when someone is just a year older, why must we treat them as so much more mature? Why is that a 14 year old is treated so differently from a 15 year old, but we don't see much of a difference between a 25 year old and 26 year old? I understand how the older you are, the more time you've had to grow as a person and experience new things, but I doubt two people who are exactly the same age are as mature as each other. You probably know someone who is older than you, but less mature, anyway.

I try not to tell people how old I am, in fear that they'd assume I'm naive or immature. But I've begun to worry so much about being the age that I am, that I start to deny what comes naturally to me.
I don't tell anyone when I start to like someone as more than a friend because I refuse to be a typical 13 year old. I know that the chance of a 13 year old's relationship lasting more than a month is small. So I refuse to accept how I feel and try to go on with my day. This whole age matter bothers me so much that even though I don't want people to judge me by my age, I've begun to judge myself.

Age confuses me and I don't know what to believe anymore.
Posted on July 20th, 2008 at 02:56pm

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