Ugh, I swear if another person says “Aren’t you a little young to….” I’m gonna pull down my pants and pee on their shin. That’s right. Their shin. It really is getting a little old. Look people, I get it. You think all 24 year olds are suppose to live with mommy and daddy and do nothing but eat Hot Pockets and play World of Warcraft. Hate to break it to you, but we’re not as pathetic as we look…wait, that came out wrong. I meant, we aren’t as pathetic as you make us out to be.
There are two areas of my life where this seems to be particularly true…
If you’ve been following for a while, this wont be the first time you’ve heard me gripe about my age and my work. People can’t seem to comprehend the fact that’s it’s possible to graduate college and go straight in to a career with the Fed. I understand that the average age of a federal employee is 45 years old, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be one at 24. Just last week I approached a woman to ask her a few questions. After properly identifying myself and showing her my credentials, her first question was not “What can I do for you?”, but “Are you sure you’re old enough to be doing this?” While I pretended I thought what she said was funny, I really just wanted to wipe that denture filled smile off her face.
Nothing gets under my skin more than someone commenting on my age in respect to my marriage. I seriously can’t believe people have the audacity to tell me I’m too young to be getting married.
I was out to lunch with some acquaintances a few weeks back, when one of the persons at the table practically told me I was naive for considering getting married right now. They married young, and their marriage failed. News flash: Just because your marriage didn’t work out, doesn’t mean mine is doomed as well. It’s not like I’m gonna suddenly change my mind and call off the wedding because you think I’m making a mistake.
Heck, if I was my parents, I’d be in my 5th year of marriage and have two kids already. I don’t look at my age as a negative when I think about settling down, but instead as a HUGE benefit because I get to spend even more of my life with Girl Ninja. Booya for love. Unbooya for bitter divorced people.
Yes, there are a lot of deadbeat 20-somethings out there. But I’d also like you to remember there are just as many deadbeat 40, 50, and 60-somethings. All I ask is that you at least give me a chance before declaring me incapable of making an “adult” decision.
20-somethings…what are some aspects of your life where you’ve felt belittled because of your age?