You Know You’re A Grown Up When…

by Meghan on February 24, 2014

I turned 35 a few months ago and while getting older doesn’t bother me (yet), I’ve been thinking a lot about how…old…35 is.

Photo by Simon Harrod via Flickr 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m old.

I just often have to remind myself that I’m not 20 anymore. I don’t *feel* old. But man. 35 has changed me.

I can’t eat the way I used to, or I pay for it later.

I can’t sleep the way I used to, or I can’t move in the morning.

I can’t dress the way I used to, or…well. I just can’t.

Things have changed. There are more lines on my face. There’s more cushion around my belly. And my thighs. And my arms. I notice new grey hairs on a regular basis.

It hit me recently – I’m an adult! I’m a 100% full fledged, card carrying adult!

Should that revelation have hit me sooner?

When did you realize you were an adult?

When you bought your first house or signed your first non-cosigned lease?

When you got engaged or married?

When you bought a car?

When you had kids?

When you remodeled your house and were more excited about the kitchen than you were about the closet? AHEM.

When you were excited to buy a new vacuum or get a crock pot as a gift? (Oh, come on now. Don’t act like that hasn’t happened to you!)

You know when it really occurred to me? When I scheduled, and got really excited about, a facial peel. I realized that I *needed* it. And I wanted it. I followed it up by purchasing a fancy new set of facial products. Ones that aren’t sold at drugstores and geared towards teenagers.

Now, I realize that some of you have probably been using this stuff for years, but for me, it was a big step. It was an acknowledgment to myself that I need to start paying attention to these things.

It’s time to act like a grown up. Finally. Whatever that might mean.


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Dre February 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

It all happened within 24 hours. After a friend’s birthday party, a group of us went into the bar and I started chatting with a cute, sweet girl that was on the bar stool next to me. Turns out she was there celebrating her 21st birthday and she introduced me to HER MOM because we’re around the same age.

The very next day I found a half inch long whisker growing out of the underside of my chin.


Elissa February 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I totally hear you! There are times when I look at my kids and think “Someone thinks its okay for me to be 100% responsible for these people!”. Growing up is weird and even though I have those moments when I feel like an adult, I still have those where I feel like I’m playing house. Even at 36. Oh and congrats on the chin hair. Beards are in yo!
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Heather February 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

LOL at Dre!!


Grandma Pam March 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

It’s all worth growing up when you start having or getting grandkids. They are a blessing and they are because their parents decided to have children whether they feel grown up or not.


Chris September 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

I’m curious about how your kitchen is going, we haven’t seen any updates! Hope it’s moving along.


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