Forever Young

The body ages, but the mind is forever young. I come across so many instances where I find myself still thinking the way I did as a teen, even though I’m not all that far from the half-century mark.

keep calm and be forever young

For instance …

  • I’ll see a new kid in the neighborhood, and think,”I should tell his/her parents that I babysit …”
  • I love looking at all the 4-H projects at the county and state fairs, and dreaming about the ideas I could use for next year’s projects. My kids may not be so enthusiastic about this (and they’re the ones actually in 4-H now), but I sure am!
  • I’ll meet a new guy and think, “Wow, he would be nice to get to know better/date” … and then I remember I’ve been married for almost 20 years.
  • I frequently have the stressful I-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up dream, or its twin: I-don’t-know-what-I-should-major-in-at-college.
  • I still sometimes buy something nice and take it home, only to momentarily think I should put it away for “when I grow up.” Then I realize that I’m about as grown up as I’m going to get.

Please don’t tell me I’m the only one. Do you ever have those teen-in-an-adult-body moments?

“Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. They appear so while they are passing; they seem to have been so when we look back on them; and they take up more room in our memory than all the years that succeed them.”
-Robert Southey


4 thoughts on “Forever Young

  1. Why don’t you start exhibiting things you create at your county fair each summer? I do. Maybe that’s my way of staying in 4-H. It sure keeps me on my toes meeting the turn in day deadline. This year it was down to the wire!

  2. I told the pharmacy clerk my name, only I used my maiden name… I’ve been married for nearly 35 years! And I like to garden so I can play in the dirt. I think that’s why I enjoy the gym so much, too – the rowing machine reminds me of summer camp. Going to the beach brings out the kid in me, too. There’s only one handsome guy I get all weak-kneed over, though… and that’s my sweetheart of a husband!

  3. I have dreams that I’m back in high school and I can’t graduate because I can’t master Algebra. Near panic attack. As for the rest….I do have a PINTEREST board “Great Looking Men” and I have that “what to do when I grow up” thing all the time!! GREAT POST!!!!!!!!

  4. It’s interesting to read how you think, Susan. I don’t think I’ve ever had those kinds of thoughts since I left my teen years.

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