About Age

How would you react when I say “I’m getting old(er)”?

Don’t be silly, you’re in your prime years?

Just wait until you’re my age, you’ve got to so much to learn?

You’re only as old as you actually feel?

I’d like to talk about the latter.
Truth is, mentally I am ready to accept my pension.

This was not always the case.
Let’s go back 6 years.

On the day before my 22nd birthday, my manager surprised me out of the sudden with a permanent contract including a salary increase.
I never really was one to celebrate the 8th of July, but for a career improvementΒ  I gladly bake a cake.
Me and some friends enjoyed a wonderful evening.
We agreed to take a trip to the beach the next day.

The champagne and heat got the 5 of us a little tipsy.
We ran around in the sand. Played with the ball.
Got into the sea.
And drove back towards the sunset.

The surprise wasn’t over.
When we got home, a lot more people were invited.
13 different cultures who all prepared something from the local cuisine made us eat, laugh and sing until 3 AM.

Although life is more stable now, it’s been a while since I felt that kind of freedom.
I didn’t think much about my future or a reputation.
I took life day by day.

Life now, id

sabout maintaining a job by putting in extra hours.
Negotiate about a salary.
Making sure there is a good savings account.
Wondering about whether we want children.
And do we want them in this house or even this country.

Yes, I am still young by age.
But not young enough to “care anymore”.

In fact, I think I will feel younger when I’m 40.

When this awkward phase of important decision making andΒ  making establishments is done.



I was most of the time lucky to have my birthday during the summer vacation, so I didn’t have bring treats (my mum would usually buy apples) for my classmates and listen to them singing Happy Birthday to me.

Also, I was happy to see that the assistant at work has forgotten to plan my birthday into everyone’s calendar.
So unless they somehow found my blog, they will never know.

34 thoughts on “About Age

  1. Happy Birthday! I hope that you “laugh and sing on the beach till 3am”… just kidding… I hope thar you are enjoying your special day! πŸ€—πŸ’πŸŽ‚πŸΎπŸŽˆ


  2. Happy Birthday, Andrea!

    I feel old at 27. Perhaps because I want things I don’t currently have in my life, I am unhappy whenever my birthday rolls around as I associate it with, “well, I did nothing this year again” which is probably not even true. Then again it also makes me wonder if the unhappiness is a trouble I give myself no matter what and if I will still somehow feel unhappy even if I got the things I wanted.

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    1. Thank you!

      I do know how you feel. I do know that everything will be easier once you find a partner, but then you will also have to start to think about other things (how to split cost of living, how often to see friends, children).

      But I do hope you find that someone soon.
      I wish I could tell you not to be afraid and just start to talk someone, but I would be awkward as well if I was single now.

      The only advice I can give, is my old trick.
      I used to travel a lot by public transport (I believe you do too). I’d send myself a message with a funny ringtone (mine was “Excuse me boss, you have text message”). The guy sitting next to me would laugh, I’d say something like “These employees, eh?!” and in the end I’d ask to go for a coffee or so πŸ˜‰


    2. Same girl. Well not with feeling old at 27, I guess. I feel more like I SHOULD feel old or more mature but I feel like an imposter, like whaaaat, I’m 27 but act like I’m still 22, haha. I def get that ache about having done nothing with the year and only getting older and “more behind.” *screams into a pillow*


  3. Happy Birthday!
    We may all age, but it is interesting to consider our levels of enjoyment with that! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teenager. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a young adult. Now I’m 22 and I want to be your age. I need to start just enjoying life rather than worrying about my age in relation to my successes and status.

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    1. Thanks!
      It’s very true what you say ! I am pushing myself too much to make all important decisions and make things happen before I’m 30.
      I really need to take a chill pill haha


  4. It’s still the 8th here, so I’m not late.
    Happy Birthday! I’m glad to hear you had a nice day, and I wish you all the best in the year to come. May you find THE job, and THE country/ city you want to live in. And I wish you little to no integration outings with your colleagues.


    1. Yesterday wasn’t really special, but the thought that I’m a year closer to my pension, makes me happy enough πŸ˜‰

      Thank you! I hope the same, especially the last thing you mentioned πŸ˜‰

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    I always thought the thirties would be great and patiently waited for that decade to arrive while my peers freaked out. I mean I did a fair share of freaking too but only because I think.. “What have I done with my life? Why am I so behind in life?” soooo a quarter-life criss. I want to be past that please, haha. I always felt like I was wise for my age but emotionally immature at the same time xD so I definitely have a complicated relationship with age.
    I liked your story though for your birthday with the cake πŸ˜€


    1. Thank you !
      I also have a complicated relationship with age!
      I just want to accomplish all these things (house, stable job, good savings account) before a certain age so I can actually start living and be “silly” (in a good way) again πŸ˜‰

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      1. Yeah! I feel like I’ve always looked forward to turning 30 but am worried I won’t be where I want to be by then too :\ I always thought I’d be more settled and comfortable at that age but I feel quite behind on my goals and in life in general


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