This thread is really intriguing, I liked reading everyone’s comments on it, especially considering we have about 20 years age-range represented!
I do have a funny story:
My husband and I recently connected with this great group of young couples, all of us have been married for 5 years or less. At a bonfire party a few weeks ago, some of the ladies and me were talking about what we did for our 21st birthdays, some of the ladies were saying, “Oh man, I can’t even remember, that was so long ago!” And then reminiscing on what they were like as 21-year-olds. Of course it was mostly negatvie, “I try to forget those years”, “Oh gosh I was so immature, I hated who I was then!” and the like, I was just kinda nodding and muttering “Mmmhmm” as they shared their stories, acting like I agree and understand haha.
So about an hour later, we’re talking about pregnancy (three of us are pregnant) and our ages come up, and I admitted to the ladies (most of whom are 25-27) that I am 22 and they freaked out! It was so funny. They had no idea I was so young, and for the few months I’ve known them, they all thought I was 25! They said I was nothing like they were at 21, an they couldn’t believe where I was in life for my age, yada yada.
So it is kind of funny to see. People who don’t know me, assume I’m in my mid-twenties because I’m married, pregnant etc. I’m not sure on the bee – though I know I’ve mentioned my age in a few posts, I’m not sure what most bees may have assumed my age was. Though I will say I know I have had a few posts here and there that may have come off as really immature the way I said things – oops!
I made a comment to a friend the other day on how I feel so young to be a mom, “I have yet to meet another 22 year old mom that I could connect with!” And by 22 year old mom I could connect with, I meant someone in the same stage in life, married/committed, ready to start a family, etc. And she made a good point, “You wouldn’t want to be friends with another 22 year old mom!” Because most 22 year olds are not in the same place in life. And that’s okay 🙂
I attribute a lot of it to my upbringing. My parents expected a lot from us when it came to maturity and responsibility, and we defintiely surrounded ourselves with friends who thought like that. I didn’t start dating until I was 18 and I did it with the sole intent of getting married, I feel like that really changed my POV.