With days passing at the speed of a hadron collider, it’s easy to forget how fast time flies. It seems just yesterday you were listening to Smashing Pumpkins on your Walkman sipping on Capri Sun, and now you’re dragging a bunch of grown-up people responsibilities in what feels like an ultra marathon.
But even then, we often remain totally unaware of the fact that hey, we are not kids anymore. So when Redditor u/spp25 asked “When did you realise that you are officially 'not young' anymore?” the answers started rolling one after the other, with people sharing all too relatable moments.
From realizing Avril Lavigne falls under the category of what teens call “dad rock” to medical emergencies that happen only when you age, like dislocating your jaw while yawning, these are some of the most telling responses that make you go, “wait, this is me.”
When I saw a smoking hot redhead on the subway, and instead of thinking "wow, she's smoking hot" I thought, "I hope she uses lots of sunscreen because she's vulnerable to skin cancer."
When a song I loved as a teenager appeared as an oldie on the radio.
When I opened a new pack of sponges for dishwashing and became all excited to use a fresh sponge.
Fashion Life reached out to the author of this thread, Redditor Spp25, who said the idea to ask people “when did you realize that you are officially 'not young' anymore?” came while he was busy doing chores. “Basically I was doing some cleaning and I dropped something and it broke,” Spp25 recounted.
“Instead of swearing I said the word 'ratbags.' I laughed because this is something my mam used to say around us children growing up and I always thought it was an old person's thing to say,” the author explained.
When I went to a nightclub last weekend and everyone looks like children...
I felt a sneeze coming on while I was bent over and legitimately thought, "I have to stand up straight for this if I want to keep my back."
When I only got 4 hours of sleep before work and felt like I was literally going to die. Ten years ago, I would drive 5 hours after work on Friday to see my SO, we’d party all weekend, then I’d leave at 1am on Monday, drive all night and go to work Monday. And i was exhausted but fine. Now, just one night of not enough sleep… I got old.
As for the responses, the Redditor was surprised by how many stories were the same. “People with back issues, for example. It was nice knowing we aren't going through aging alone. Another one was how people who were aging had to really work to keep up with all the types of new slang!”
When I hated loud music, wanted to go home early and wanted my neighbors to keep the noise down. I am now Squidward.
Saw some neighborhood kids messing with a stop sign while driving home. I slowed the car down, rolled down a window and said,
"Hey... I think maybe you shouldn't be doing that."
Which in my mind meant cut it out before an adult catches you.
But these kids look sheepishly at the ground and give me an ok like I was the adult in the situation. Which I was, gently chastising children for fooling around with public property.
Well, either that time or when I buried my father and realized I was the oldest living male in my family. That was more sobering than fun.
When asked whether our society overestimates age and aging, Spp25 said we actually underestimate it. “I suppose what the thread has taught me is that it's a different process for everyone and happens at different times.”
“You can be in your 20s and feel in the prime of your life then someone will say something and knock you off your perch! I have a good relationship with it.”The Redditor said he's at peace now since “I've accepted the fact I now have a role,” he said. Moreover, “I'm an uncle who tries to embarrass his nieces and nephews and if I want to know what the new slang is, I google it. I will do it with pride,” Spp25 concluded.
When a 22 year old offered me their arm to get down steps. I'm not old, I was just tired you little punk!!
When I realized having a one in front of my birth year is all anyone needs to know I'm old enough to purchase alcohol. I don't know why but that dumb fact just hit me like a ton of bricks.
When my daughter asked to listen to oldies. Like nirvana, pearl jam, foo fighters. I'm thinking no they are not oldies.
I just bought a new mop and was really excited to go home and use it :( I mopped the whole apartment in absolute bliss. I finally decided that I will not fall for the Swiffer commercials again.
We went to a trampoline park for a friend's birthday. I pulled a muscle in the first ten minutes.
Neighborhood kid next door, must be 22 or so calls me sir. First time it happened I was like “sir? Dude I’m like….okay a lot older than you.”
When my best friend and I were planning for a concert next month and for the first time in our lives we were like "Do we... want to buy seats instead of standing in the pit?".
It hits you when you’re 36. That’s the year you could’ve had a child at age 18 who would become 18 and possibly have a child, making you old enough to be a grandparent.
When I dislocated my jaw lying in bed yawning. Didn't even think it was even possible.
When one of my younger coworkers took it upon herself to explain to me who Cardi B was. I already knew who she was and was familiar with her music. Apparently I just looked like I needed to be supplied with this info.
When I started viewing guys on motorcycles with concern instead of awe… damn kids gonna get himself killed vs. oooh look at that hot rebel.
7/23/2021 I was drying off after a shower looked down and realized... I am 40 and now have graying pubes. I actually wrote this on my calendar.
"reasonably recent" references are met with dead silence and confusion by young adults/teens.
Kids call you "sir" or "that man over there"
Body aching the morning after moderate physical activity.
Food starts to give you problems while you used to eat tons of it with no repercussions.
One day my back decided to leave a memo
I got "ma'am"ed by a random twenty-something. Broke my heart
It was when I went to casually step off a 4 foot drop.
I had one foot of the ledge and my brain screamed Danger, I had to stop reset and prepare myself to absorb the impact and make sure I bent my knees.
20 year old me wouldn't have thought at all about that.
I was in my mid thirties at the time.
I took my fiancé back to the University I attended and we went for a drink at my old favorite bar. Ordered a margarita & the waitress said, “Do you want the well tequila that we serve to everyone or like…. adult tequila?”
Looking in the mirror. I'm in my mid 20s, but within the past year I've noticed that my reflection has reasonably changed and I definitely wouldn't be mistaken for a teenager anymore.
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