So guys, I’m old now. SO old. Well, at least to me, I’m old. I’m 36 (this July). And man, that’s old to me! I never thought I’d get here, you know? I can remember when my big buddy at school was going into grade nine, and I thought, “Wow; She is SO OLD.” And here I am now, in my freaking mid-thirties! I don’t know. I feel weird about it all, to tell you the truth.
Sometimes, I don’t FEEL old. And then sometimes I do something, and I’m like, ‘Man. I AM old.’ Because I do things that I would have NEVER done when I was younger. When I say younger, I mean mostly in my twenties. Yes, you twenty somethings that are reading this right now, you are young babies. You don’t know it right now. But when you’re in your thirties and beyond, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
So, I do these things I never used to do. Some of them, I NEVER thought I’d do.
Things I Do Now That I’m Old
Eat Foods I Would Have Never Eaten When I Was Young
My tastes have changed SO MUCH now that I’m older, and I eat things I never used to. Like jalapeños, Asian foods of any kinds, and avocados, like they’re ALL soon to be extinct. I just can’t get enough of these foods. And the thing is, 15 years ago, I would have NEVER eaten a jalapeño, or even smelled it. I think I was actually terrified of them. Same goes for Asian food and avocados. I was like, ‘ew, gross!’ But now I want to put jalepenos on my eggs, my nachos, my wraps. I eat a plain avocado, sprinkled with salt and pepper, right out of the skin with a fork, like it’s a bowl of icrecream. And whenever there’s an asian-anything option, I yell, “YES PLEASE!!!”
Learn From My Mistakes and Don’t Do Stupid Things (As Much)
Here’s a life lesson for ya: Don’t put masking tape on carpet and leave it there for two years. Because that makes your temporary masking tape on carpet permanent. I created a hopscotch on the carpet in the kids playroom. I was all proud of myself for coming up with this idea. I thought it was so great, it should be left there for along time. And not just months, but years. So two years later, I was like, “This is looking dirty. I should take it all off finally.”
I tried removing it, and the residue left behind by the tape was so dirty and awful looking, I didn’t finish the job. In fact, I put tape back on to cover up the awfulness exposed in the sections I had removed. So now, I have a perma-hopscotch on my carpet. Wanna come over and play?
It’s life experiences like this that have taught me great wisdom I have the chance to now pass on to the younger generation. I also think twice before I do things, thanks to experiences like this one.
Sometimes, I’m stupid and stay up late, ’cause I’m a grown up, and I can. But sometimes, all I want to do it put on my jammies, go to bed freakishly early, and cuddle up in my bed and sleep for 10 straight hours. And sometimes, I do that. I blame children for this craving.
I was so lazy with my skin when I was young (so, three years ago, really). But I moisturize now. I still have to fight laziness, because I hate even washing my face at night, as I feel so tired.
But I’m good at moisturizing like a boss in the morning. Norwex has this Aloe Vera Face and Neck Gel, that makes your skin all tingly and cool when you put it on, and I love the feeling of it. That alone motivates me to moisturize! But then, I follow with the Norwex Naturally Timeless Day Cream, which smells like cake, so why wouldn’t I put that on my face?? I actually notice that my skin is kick-ass now too, because I’m being all grown up and moisturizing it. I’m beating wrinkles and dry skin on a daily basis. High five for me!
One of these days, I’m sure I’ll get into a routine of moisturizing at night too, and use my Anti-Gravity Night Cream more often. But right now, I’m celebrating the fact that I’m taking care of my skin in the morning, because I never thought I’d see the day!
Feel Tortured By Children’s Music
Super annoying songs get stuck in my head now. Songs like ‘Baby Monkey,’ circa 2010. Remember that one? Here it is, in case you don’t know what this cultural reference is:
I don’t know what it is about this song. Or even HOW it gets into my head. It seriously needs NOTHING to randomly get in my head. And it’s the darnest song to get OUT! And now it will be in yours, bahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
I’m also tortured by the theme song from Blues Clues. And Elmo’s World (La la la la, la la la la…). So random. And so stupid!!! Even though my kids haven’t watched those shows in at least four years, they’re always randomly running through my head! Once again – I blame children.
SYKE! That one’s a joke (see above cruel joke/laughter). I don’t act any more mature. In fact, I think I’ve gotten sillier with age (as evidenced by my YouTube videos):
I don’t know why, but I’ve always been super mean to myself in my head. You? With age, I’ve discovered that I don’t need to be! Why should I be my own worst enemy? God made me, I am his child, and he loves me like a Father. Which means that he accepts and loves me, temper tantrums, belly fat, weird toes, mistakes and all.
He’s not always angry or disappointed in me, like I’ve imagined him to be. He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. (It took me so many years to understand Grace!) He. just. loves me. So – if that’s how God feels, that’s how I should feel. So these days, I’m accepting myself for who I am. I’m not constantly berating myself for being a failure (because I’m not!). I’m loving who I am, and accepting compliments and encouragement from people, instead of rejecting it, because I don’t think I’m ‘good enough’ (I have major issues with perfection). If this is something you’re still not good at, even though you’re all ‘growed-up’, I highly highly recommend this talk from Abi Stumvoll:
You should also listen to everything else she says. Ha! Seriously though. She’s so wise. She’ll speak your language, and show you how to change your mind about yourself and actually love yourself!
Drink a Lot of Tea
I know that the older generation loves a good cup of tea. I might as well be 80, I love a cup of tea so much! And, there’s nothing better than tea made in a pot, served in REAL china! I love it so much that I wrote a whole post about how to make the perfect cup for your friends! If you were to pop in to my house, there’d likely be a pot on the go, or one being made!
I have these cute velvet mugs from my friend Jen Hudson at Steeped Tea. You can pay a little extra and get them engraved with whatever saying or name that you want, and this is the saying I got engraved on mine, because it is truer than true to me!
These are only a handful of the things I do now that I’m old. And I’m curious: what do you do now that YOU’RE old? Tell me in the comments below.
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