Ever since I was in my early teens (thirteen or so years old) I felt as if everyone started to treat me as if I was twenty five or more. There is nothing wrong with being looked upon as more mature and honestly now that I look back there have been perks to it. Some examples: never being asked for age verification, being called “sir” and not having my opinions challenged just because of my age. I was always tall and BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is just one of my latest nicknames, given to me by my students.
Since I can remember I was treated older then I really was. This unfortunately has some major drawbacks, you grow up (even if unwillingly) and much faster then your peers, I gained upwards of ten years over night. Did I have to grow up? No, well not really. It is not that I have been given responsibilities exceeding my age, or been faced with decisions well beyond my years. I was just different, I saw things and I acted upon them. Always like the company of people twice my age better, and I didn’t get along with most of my peers. A simple consequence of of being twenty five in seventh grade is that you don’t age for many years.
I still wake up in the morning and what I see in the mirror is the same face I’ve been seeing for year, not a single thing different. So when I finally got around to return to the old continent and with enough decency to call up my old friend for lunch, I was surprised. Now a brilliant Chemical Engineer, and suddenly that wasn’t that girl I used to talk to. She was a lady, with all the bells and whistles according to this statue. Even though one could be mislead by the smooth and clear skin, and cheerful smile there was maturity in the way she presented herself and her speech. This is not an isolated example, out of nowhere my peers (friends) are making me feel younger, as if our age got leveled. But now I have another issue, a huge chunk of my classmates is married and with kids. I feel younger but that just does not matter? Getting married to grow up is much, don’t you think?