What It's Like To Be Older Than Your Real Age

What It's Like To Be Older Than Your Real Age

Ever feel like your age doesn't reflect you?

Every so often I look in the mirror and ask myself, how am I only nineteen? Constantly I am being told I am wise beyond my years or mature for my age. Not once have I ever felt like the age I actually am, excluding from when I was a little girl. Some people question how I have gotten to be as so, or why it is that way. The real answer is I'm not so sure.

Growing up I have always been by my sister's side. I have played with her, done school work with her, and strived to be like her. We may only be four years apart but four years is a big difference in the matter of a life span. I was always with her friends and learned from her manners and mistakes. I watched how she acted and learned how to be because of her. My parents raised me of course, but my maturity may have begun by having my sister as my mentor.

My parents taught me right from wrong and everything there is to know about living and being a good person in general. From the day I was born, I was treated with love and care and saw examples of good character from all my family. To this day, I learn by example and that is what brought me to where I am now.

I began to be older than my years when I was taught by my sister how to live and do what is right. I began to be more mature when I saw how my parents acted and went about their ways. My education was at utmost importance and I was on the fast track of learning from being a teacher's daughter and granddaughter. Every other child may have been playing dress up, but I preferred to play dress up as being a teacher in a classroom. I grew as a person beyond my age when I experienced the reality of life and death more than once. When you see death at such a young age, there is no choice but to grow up and be older.

Not everyone has been brought up the way I have or been through the same experiences I have. But I can certainly say that all these have been a factor in being older and wiser than the year on my birth certificate. And then, when I try to think of everything that brought me to how I am today, there is still uncertainty. I wish I could explain to someone in a few short words as to why I act the way I do, beyond my years, older and wiser, whatever you would like to word it as such. Although one thing that I can say, is I don't disagree with anyone who labels me as so.

I have always felt older than the year asked for in D.O.B.s and paperwork. Nineteen. It sounds so young yet I feel so old. While everyone enjoys the common actualities that comes with each age, I find them already old and worn out. I have never liked to be immature, a partier, a brat, or a 'millennial' (when you think of the word). I'm the one who thinks before acting, enjoys conversations and literature, spending time with those that matter, and not perseverating on things that just don't matter when it comes down to it. I can be called the mom or the grandma and I can't fully disagree.

I know what I want to do in my future and just want to get there. It's hard to explain to people that I enjoy living in the moment, but know what I want in life and want to be able to get there and not have to wait. I'm only in my sophomore year of college and I'm ready to begin a career and become successful. I won't settle for anything, or anyone for that matter. No need to put myself through that when I know what I want and can clearly see it.

Maybe I have lived before and have already been through this life. Could that be why I feel at least a few years older than my actual age? Or maybe it is just that I grew up differently than others and have my head on right from being with such a great influencing family. All that I know is that I do feel older than what I really am and I am okay with that. It doesn't mean that I don't want to be with people my age and experience what I am supposed to at this point in life. It just is something that will always be so. I know I am not the only person that feels this way, so maybe someone else can explain it better? But for now I can say that a few words will never describe as to why I am "wise beyond my years." There simply may never be an answer to suffice it.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Why Passion Leads To Success

Success is based on what a person wants to accomplish and the journey they take to accomplishing their goals.


Passion is extremely important to a person's success. I think success is when a person is happy and content with their life and they have the career they have dreamed of and they make the right amount of money to live the way they want. I also think it is that a person meeting their goals and taking advantage of opportunities in their lives to better themselves is important to become successful. Success for an individual is usually based on their goals in life and the passions they have for certain subjects and career choices.

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Passion is important for every human to find, but do not rush your life or career, because people will find their passion at all different ages and periods in their lives. Young adults should enjoy their lives and have fun with their peers as they find their passion and set their goals to become the best they can be in their career. I have seen people of all ages in my college classes; Kids from high school, young adults, and even adults in their thirties to sixties. This proves people can change their current situation any time they want and find their passion at any age. People need to get more confidence in themselves and put their best effort into every aspect of their lives, so they can be happy and successful. Life is all about what a persons makes it because they are in control of their destiny, but they must find their passion and capitalize on their opportunities.

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