Story of a lost journalist

September 29, 2008

That age thing again

Filed under: Daily Rot — Cris @ 21:53
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I wonder what’s with this age thing. No, no I am not cribbing yet again about old age. The thought this time is on looking back and thinking, sheesh that’s so young! Like when I was 18, I decided that I have reached the peak of maturity and I told a few of my mates it was a hard feat to reach. I told them don’t worry they will reach there too, just wait a few months for your 18th birthday.

But now when I look at 18, the first word that comes to mind is kid. Its been that way all through life. When I was 10, I thought up to 8 its kids, and when I was 15 I thought 13-ers were babies! And every time this 2-year difference seems to me a lot more than 2 years. Now I look at 23 year olds and think yeesh kids! I wonder what earthly feat I achieved in 2 years but it sure seems a long time ago! But its not some fancy idea I cooked up. I really feel that way and I feel certain that I grew up a lot more in 2 years, and the way I think about things have taken a really steep curve. One trait I hope I have ditched forever is naivety!

Wonder if everyone feels this way growing up, so that maybe, just maybe 25 may not seem so old at some point in life – which I hope I wont find myself in too soon! Does everyone feel this way?



  1. You bet ! Things keep growing on like this. And then, at one point. It stops ! And the cycle returns !


    Comment by Kavi — September 29, 2008 @ 22:55 | Reply

  2. Hmm.. I thought it was the reverse for you girls! 😉 So you are crissie chyaachi! 😀

    Comment by Srijith — September 30, 2008 @ 02:46 | Reply

  3. Hey Cris, its just a common feeling. 25 is a landmark age in one’s life so the feelings are stronger, Turning 30 would probably a more grand affair as then you will realize that at 25 you were still a kid. :-). Do all possible things you can so that you will never regret not doing it at the right age.
    Trust me: I am someone who has been there, done that. 😉 Enjoy!

    Comment by Seema — September 30, 2008 @ 07:45 | Reply

  4. People say,after certain age around 45-50 ,ur growth starts to reverse,that is people will become more childish as years keep increasing.By the time they hit some 70-75 they have reached their second teeth,fully dependent,and Happy to play with their grand children[same-age factor 😉 ]

    Comment by Gov — September 30, 2008 @ 11:23 | Reply

  5. billy boo;

    PS:- Billy boo is to my lingo what x is to maths. It can be anything and everything.
    Prolly criski already knows that ki!

    Comment by Vishnu Kuttan — September 30, 2008 @ 13:04 | Reply

  6. ironic that as a kid we aspired for what adult could do….and now as a adult we aspire for what kids could do…and the trouble is that we dont have a say in such aspirations!! ;-p enjoy the moment…

    Comment by mathew — September 30, 2008 @ 15:11 | Reply

  7. Don’t kill off the 18 year old , the 15 year old and all the ‘year’-olds you have been because you are twenty five. Just be glad that you got one more perspective from which you can look at things 😉

    Comment by aashik — September 30, 2008 @ 15:51 | Reply

  8. Actually one should deal the age problem in terms of percentage or ratio. For example, when we are 1 yr old, a four year old is 400% older than us. But when we are 40, the same “big bro” is only 110% older than us. I thought this is when I found that one of my closest friend is 8 years younger than me, that once I was 700% older than him but I am only 133% older and after a 15 yrs only 120% older.

    We feel two years younger a kid in school or college. when studing BSc. 2nd year, +1 is younger, why ? we have “seen” what he feel something great 4 yrs back. But when one is out of such “class based” studies, the kid-bigbro feeling also end.

    So the next time when you think of someone, plot the graph,

    P= 100*[age(other)/age(you)]

    and see how the function behaves as the age is varied.

    Comment by manu — September 30, 2008 @ 18:09 | Reply

  9. I am usually the reverse. I think that with every new generation the age of mental maturity drops by a couple of years. Today I expect a 15-16 year old to be as mature as a 20 year old would have been during my days.

    In fact when I encounter the rare 16 year old who thinks his or her age allows him or her to act like a complete idiot I get annoyed. It’s easy to identity these types. They would start off an introduction or biography with “I am a 16 year old…” which is usually a strong pointer to the fact that they think they are just past the toddler-age and expect to be treated as one.

    On the other end of the spectrum I also think some people who are 40 or higher think they’re old enough to stop enjoying life. That’s pretty stupid too. You get one life – one shot to enjoy it – so that’s what people should be doing. [with all due respect to hard core Hinduism followers who expect to be reborn multiple times]

    Comment by Nish — September 30, 2008 @ 18:51 | Reply

  10. I used to think the same and I think the same as you do. I m 24 now and I feel 20,21’s (just out of college) are kiddies :P. A fresher joins my team and I say “hey here is another kid :)”.
    When you stop thinking that ” you are gonna be more mature” – thats when you actually are mature. Isnt the thought ‘chilidish’ to think at the age of 18/21 that u r already mature..and think the same further.. lol

    Comment by Mr.Misunderstood — October 1, 2008 @ 02:35 | Reply

  11. teehee… i know what you’re saying.. my li’l sis is 2 years younger to me.. n so most of the ppl I know of her age or younger to her were babies for me..
    But then that was for a while.. these days I dont find myself thinking that way..
    not when you interact with people 10 years senior to you or 5 years younger to you on a regular basis at work n al.. I guess we grow out of that naivety after a while..

    Comment by usha — October 2, 2008 @ 14:17 | Reply

  12. Yeh everyone feels the same 🙂 I keep referring to my juniors in office as kids even though they are just 1 year younger to me. Our outlook changes so much every passing day.. You will realize it when you read some old mails/letters. You might even consider yourself as so naive and childish at that time 😉

    Comment by Dhanya — October 2, 2008 @ 14:51 | Reply

  13. Dhanya, you said it! I too HAD this habit of refering to juniors as ‘kids’.
    And also this thing about reading some of my old blog posts or e-mails.. some of them I wrote just a couple of years back… to realise how much I’ve grown up..

    but then, growing up is not always directly proportional to age, I guess.. which we realise later over the years..

    Comment by usha — October 2, 2008 @ 15:02 | Reply

  14. @Kavi, looks scary, I hope the cycle returns right away!

    @Srijith, reverse as in? Girls think they grow to be babies? 😮 Yes yes I am Chyachi! Hmph!

    @Seema, yes you are right. From now on the mantra is going to be I will enjoy every minute, but is there no way I can go back to 24, I mean just a year back?

    @Gov, yeah I have heard that but I dont believe in that! It just doesnt work in principle!

    @Vishnu Kuttan, I didnt! I thought when someone said billy boo you have to say boo billy in return – which explains all my greetings back to you 😀

    @mathew, hmm but I have heard adults lament when I was a kid, so I decided to love being kid, though I couldnt figure out what was there to love so much about it! Sigh!!

    @aashik, hmm yeah its that all those year-olds seems so far away now!

    @manu, thanks! I will byheart that formula. I always believe in Mathematics, I like that!

    @Nish, thats strange! Yes kids grow a lot more fast in many ways these days but I somehow feel when it comes to mental maturity, or dealing with things, they are still, well just kids. And 16 is like so small! When I was 16, I sincerely believed I knew about things, that I was old enough to deal with the world on my own, but now when I look back I knew nothing at all! Agree with you on the old-age thing. But that happens mostly in India I guess, sitting home with retirement papers and expected to not go out or do anything they want to after 50! And Nish there was a good statement of yours – accepting your immaturity is the first step to your maturity – do you still say that? 🙂 I repeat it everywhere I can!

    @Mr Misunderstood, sigh you make me look a lot older because of no fault of yours! Cause we had Infy training around the same time, you were even senior to me there by days! And you are a year younger to me! Sheesh! Hmm anyway guess you have a point! Like my bro used to say accepting your immaturity is the first step to maturity. And when you stop being bothered by your age, you are actually freeing yourself from a huge pressure!

    @usha, I sure hope so! Every problem comes back to one main root prooblem – unemployement! When I find work, I will make sure there are a lot of older fellows there! And yes I too feel the same reading old posts!

    @Dhanya, you speaketh my mind! Exactly! I am sometimes disgusted by older emails or conversations or even blog posts I made! Sheesh!

    Comment by Cris — October 2, 2008 @ 22:26 | Reply

  15. I am already feeling like an old lady and it seems to me as if i have had everything in life and there isn’t anything more:(

    Comment by Nimmy — October 4, 2008 @ 12:57 | Reply

  16. @Nimmy, haha you talk like you are 70! Trust me on this dear, there will always be something more to do in life :-). Why dont you try dancing with baby Fida to ‘Loose Control’ for one?

    Comment by Cris — October 5, 2008 @ 05:01 | Reply

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