I turned 21 on July 4th. But if you saw me on the street, you wouldn't know it. At least in the US, the oldest anyone has ever thought I am is 16. Mostly, this isn't a problem. But sometimes, people can be really rude.
Like when I tell random people my age, and they say, "Wow. Are you sure?" This happened multiple times when I was 20, and they were all serious. Of course I'm sure! Why would I lie about being 20? 21, OK. But nothing good happens when you're 20.
Or take the time I was 16 and getting on a plane to Tokyo. To put this in perspective, I took my first flight when I was 6 months old and have been flying ever since. I've flown 9 times in 2011 alone, so at 16 I was already a veteran. So when the lady took my boarding pass and passport (which by the way HAS MY AGE on it), smiled at me, and then said "Follow your mom, sweetie" in that annoying sugary voice reserved for 9-year-olds, I was pretty freaking annoyed.
The worst, though, is when I'm out with guys. My last boyfriend was 2 years older than me, and looked older. Sometimes, we would get weird looks and comments when we were out. And I've had this happen even with my guy friends, who look their age.
Looks, I get. If I look that young, I can't really help that you think I am that young, although I'm still going to be a bit annoyed about it. See second example, above. But comments? Are you serious?
Let me break this down for you: I am 21 years old. I have every right to go out with whoever I damn well please, so long as he's legal. Your comments about how I should go out with people closer to my age are unwarranted and unappreciated, especially when the guy actually IS quite close to my age. I already have a mother, two if you count my sometimes-motherly older sister, and that's way more than enough. Fuck off.
Everybody older than me tells me that I will appreciate looking young in a few years, and I'm sure I will. Right now, though, it tends to get on my nerves. Have you ever had this problem? Any good stories from it?
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