In the very, very near future (as in weeks) I will be entering my late 20′s. I know I need to get over it, but the aging process is hard for me to handle. Most of the time I try to forget that I am actually as old as I am.
Complete denial works most of the time. But then, one day I’ll be sitting there watching my college basketball team on TV, cheering passionately, thinking these players are my peeps, and then the announcer says that one of them was born in 1991, and I realize that these people are most definitely not my peeps. In fact, when I was a senior in college, they were sophomores in high school. Ouch.
As if my upcoming birthday isn’t bad enough, I stumbled across another lovely reminder on MSN that I’m too old to relate to college people titled, Class of 2015: So young, Ferris Could be Their Dad. As someone who grew up crushing on Ferris Bueller and wanting to look like Sloane, I have a hard time believing that suave dude could be a dad, much less a dad to a college freshman (I wonder if he’d be ok with them causing as much chaos as he did?). And then, I continued reading…. (insert depressed sigh here).
The article quotes The College Mindset List which compiles a list of what is affecting the incoming class of college freshman. If you get any of this, then you probably feel my pain (as in joint pain).
The Top 20
1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
2. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
3. States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.
4. The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
5. There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
6. They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
7. As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
8. Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
9. “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
10. American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.
11. More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
12. Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
13. Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you’re talking about LeBron James.
14. All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring “I Will Always Love You.”
15. O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
16. Women have never been too old to have children.
17. Japan has always been importing rice.
18. Jim Carrey has always been bigger than a pet detective.
19. We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
20. Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
So, with that happy thought I think I will go buy myself some prune juice and listen to some Journey (with Steve Perry, not the adorable Filipino dude) as I reminisce about my youth.