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what age are you really you?

From Smithsonian Magazine: Humans have a tendancy to believe that we've been growing and evolving our entire lives... until NOW. As in, right this second we think we've got it all figured out, and our tastes and opinions probably won't change much in the next ten years. But we look back on the person we were ten years ago and no matter what age we are, we think that decade-ago version of ourselves was really immature and totally different. "People regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives." [@SmithsonianMag]

But honestly people, I know we debate about whether life begins at conception, life begins at birth, or like The Onion says life begins at 40! I believe it begins at the age of 24.

That's what I decided the magic age is. Maybe it corresponds to the year you get out of college... but when I was 26 or so, I realized I just could not date 23-year-olds. They were dumbasses. We're all kinda stupid but 23 year olds were stupid on a different level. They were safe to interact with in the office but anything more than that made me a little nervous and I just wanted to pat them on the head and say it's okay child, you'll figure it out.

In my own life 24 was when I stopped dating guys who were over-needy, confused about handling my freedom or resentful of my intelligence. 25 was when I volunteered in that big gay rights campaign because I'd gained a little political awareness.

For almost ten years, I think I have been myself. At least, the version I'm okay with.

Don't get me wrong there were cool things about me at 12, 16, 19, 22. But there were enough stupid things too that I wish I could write myself some letters. I wouldn't write any cautionary letters back to my 27-year-old self.

In middle school, I hated all middle schoolers, it was just a stupid age. I could admit that even though I WAS a middle schooler. This feeling decreased linearly over time until about the age of 23 when I had a lingering feeling that I was probably screwing some stuff up still, but that I'd survive, and I did.


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Jan. 29th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I feel inclined to agree with this, but as someone who is currently 24 I am not sure my endorsement is free from "Present Me Is Best Me" bias.
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I came to this conclusion a while back while I had a dating profile up. Men aged 24 years and older only. There's something about someone any younger than that and there's just..hmm..not fully formed? Or something? You're not the only one who's noticed this. I'd also say that I developed *a lot* during my university days. I'm still developing, but so much more aware of what a naive dumb-ass I was when I was in my early 20s.

I was actually mentioning this to the bf the other day (although I was specifically talking about men and the whole understanding consequences of actions development as we were watching one of those shows which repeatedly showed young men doing stupid-ass things on wheels..and if they weren't young, they were obviously drunk).
Jan. 30th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'd agree with 24, but that might be because that is when I graduated.
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
yes!! 24 was such a perfect age/time!

The other day I hung out with some 24-26 year olds too one Sunday brunch (next door neighbors). Oh the energy was so wonderful!
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