I’m just a really old teenager.

Sometimes I think to myself. I can’t believe I’m a grown up. I don’t feel old. I don’t look old, and I sure as hell don’t act old. I use to think “old” was an age, but I’m quickly learning it’s a lifestyle. I sit here now, wondering, what else can I expect for my future?

I remember being bored to death when my parents would watch political news. It didn’t make any sense to me. Why was watching some old guy talk about two other old guys interesting? If it wasn’t on MTV, I didn’t watch it.

Same goes for finances. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty awesome at math. Although I have always enjoyed numbers, I hated dealing with money. Need an example? It’s quite embarrassing, but my mom handled all my money in college. It was so bad, I didn’t even know how to transfer money from my savings to my checking account. Whenever my checking was low, I would call my mom and ask her to transfer “X” amount of dollars for me. Not only that,  but I didn’t know how to write my own check until I was 21. 

As much as I don’t want to accept it,  I guess I am a kind of a legitimate grown up. I live on my own, manage my own money, and even cook my own dinner! I find myself becoming more and more interested in “old guy” stuff like politics and finances. I’m wondering what other things will tickle my fancy as I age? Maybe I will take up quilting or shuffleboard. I can’t help but laugh when I reflect on how much I hated the shows my parents watched when I was a kid, to now find myself watching the same darn channels.

In a final attempt to enjoy my youth I think I’m going to go buy a pair of Jnco jeans (please tell me someone remembers these), a hacky sack, a set of pogs, and I’m gonna go watch TGIF. Suck it Fox News and MSNBC, I’m staying young!

8 thoughts on “I’m just a really old teenager.

  1. I've long since given up on the idea of being an adult. I've forced myself to become more mature emotionally, intellectually, and financially to take on the responsibilities necessary for being independent but I feel no need to give up on 'childish' things because that's what old farts want me to do. I can debate politics, economics and religion (not that I really like to) but that doesn't mean that I have to stop debating which variation of the X-Men team is the greatest.

    I watch cartoons, play video games, play dress up (at conventions), still pull out my YA novels occasionally, and shun most adult sitcoms, movies and 'books'. Mr and I only surround ourselves with like-minded people and we've remained blissfully 12-years-old in the eyes of most of our 'mature' peers and, frankly, we don't care what they think.

  2. Also I still have my JNCO-knockoff jeans and I still wear them around when I'm cleaning because why throw out a perfectly good pair of pants just because they're out of style?

  3. I watch Spongebob like it is my job on the weekends and then put on my suit and lecture to doctors all week.

    – Courtney

  4. Shuffleboard rocks and I've been "old" since Jr High 😉 quite fighting it, you are a minority. Most people twice your age still act like they are in their teens although none are quite as funny as Seinfeld. He was in his late thirties and made millions on a show showcasing his immaturity 😉

    I had JNCOs once..

  5. It is really hard not to say "BFF" in front of my coworkers when we discuss our weekend plans… and I pretty much have a crush on every good-looking man in the building.

    The secret to it is just accepting it, lipsyncing to Britney Spears during the commute and then kicking butt at work.

    This blog was great, thanks Ninja!

  6. I remember all that stuff, but I never did own a pair of those jeans. What about watching Saved By the Bell or Fresh Prince? Ahhh memories.

  7. I still don't feel like a grown up most of the time. When does that happen?

    And I totally rocked the baggy jeans. They were so hottttt.

  8. Muahaha… I still wear my JNCO hoodie. One of my coworkers commented on how old it is the other day… "you've had that for years, haven't you?"

    Uhh…

    "Well, yeah, probably since middle school, since that's when JNCOs were popular."

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