This summer my son turned nine, and I celebrated my 10 year Anniversary! Where did the time go? Just yesterday I was still in college – living on my own, little to no responsibilities, and young! I was on top of all the latest fashion trends, and all the new technology (like AOL and the World Wide Web), and my skin was great, no wrinkles anywhere! Suddenly I am married, have 4 children, weigh an extra 10 (or more) pounds than I would like to admit, might be guilty of wearing “Mom” jeans, and just recently learned what a hashtag was. Okay so now I sound really old, and I am not, but compared to my nine year old, I feel ancient!
Recently, I started noticing things that I do subconsciously to keep tricking myself into thinking I am still young, I decided to write them all down, and found the list to be rather amusing. I will share with you now, my secrets for tricking yourself into thinking you are still young.
I stay current with all the latest teen literature. I was the one reading Twilight, Hunger Games, and Gossip Girl, I have even started reading any book that a 13 year old is reading, especially if the cover is a picture depicting a high school.
When I am on the elliptical or treadmill at the gym and it asks for your age – yep, I am still 30!
I am totally guilty of shopping in the Juniors area at stores – (size XL in juniors is like a Misses M, right?) The only problem with this is when the 12 year old neighbor girl and I are twinsies, then I just feel defeated.
I actually watch the Teen Choice Awards just so that I can see how many of the nominees I know, which this year was maybe ONE! I must get on youtube more often!!
I listen to the top 40 radio station, and feel really cool when I can sing along to the songs in front of teens, (my kids are going to be so embarrassed by me when they are older).
I never acknowledge or celebrate my birthday. Period.
I try to stay current with Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, by learning more about it through others, maybe someday I will actually send out a tweet, and chances are I will use the LOL’s and LMAO’s all wrong.
I try to keep up with my kids when they are running around and playing, but who am I kidding, they are constantly in motion, and I get winded after 10 minutes. But who doesn’t love a game of Simon Says or Ring Around the Rosie?
In all seriousness though, my children do keep me young, and I realize that as they grow I will grow too, and in the end it only matters how young I feel on the inside!