All around me there has been a shift – a grand change that I have been unaware of. The universe bent and no one bothered to tell me. I’ve been submersed in this new world for nearly three years and it’s just recently I realized there has been a change.
To fully understand this new world I must dive back to my birth.I was born and the size of my peer group was six months. Any other human being on this planet that varied from my age by six months would be considered my peer.
By the time I reached the age of four my peer group had grown to two years and would settle here until I was twenty.At twenty the group that were my peers took an unprecedented jump to five years.
Then thirty came rolling around……If I thought five years was a giant leap I had no idea what I was dealing with.
Suddenly at thirty my peer group jumped to thirty five or even forty years!!Excluding my parents, who will always see me as a kid the rest of the world has accepted me as not only a full-fledged adult, but an equal in the sense of part of their peer group.
I know this because of how they relate to me. It is the same across the board – 35, 48, 59, or 65, it doesn’t matter the chronological age – we are all just adults doing the best we can to go from day to day.
Even family members that knew me when I was born fall prey to this shift of perception. I feel it with Uncles and long-time family friends.
Another indication is how folks younger than me relate – 25, 21, 16, it doesn’t matter – I’m definitely old. Even if I managed to pull off something “young” – the ever popular phrase, “For your age”’ would be attached.
You know what I mean….
“You sure stayed late and danced a long time, for your age.”
So if any of you readers are under the age of thirty – know this will happen to you, keep watch for the shift, it’s pretty cool actually!