“I think I’m just too old for this…”

Vocabulary, among many other things, is something that has changed drastically for me in my twenties. The below is just a sampling of phrases I’ve found myself muttering, and each is a verbal symbol of how I’m slowly getting older:

“It’s 10:00 already? Wow, we should get to bed.”

“Ugh, I have so much yardwork to catch up on this Saturday…”

“Thank you so much for taking out the garbage!”

I’ve mostly embraced aging, and realize that part of the fun of growing up is being able to embrace that change in the first place, but when it comes to certain childhood things I’ve always loved, I sometimes have a hard time letting go.

Over the weekend, John and I were thrilled to open up our home to our good friends Sarah and Jimmy from Pennsylvania. We quickly mapped out our weekend upon their arrival and decided to hit up one of Orlando’s theme parks on Sunday. Like the smart adults we are becoming, we opted to go out drinking and dancing on Friday so we could avoid mixing hangovers with roller coasters and overpriced junk food.

After a fun mix of partying followed by a serious lazy/recover from hangover day (seriously, does anyone notice hangovers are getting progressively worse with age?) Sunday rolled around and we were ready to face the thrills at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. We started out slow, riding some anticlimactic rides in Dr. Seuss land, but soon found ourselves facing the first roller coaster of the day. I’ve always been a lover of roller coasters or any thrill ride for that matter, but at the conclusion of the ride I felt ready to topple over from dizziness.

I quickly discovered I wasn’t the only one suffering from this post-coaster phenomenon; it appeared that my 3 twenty-something companions were experiencing the same thing. We found a temporary cure in frozen Butterbeer from Harry Potter world, but as soon as we rode a simulated ride the feeling came right back. It was then that John looked at me and said “now I understand why my parents never wanted to ride these things.” And I announced, “I think I’m just too old for this…”

While we still had a blast at the park (and drank a lot of butter beer), that phrase kept popping into my head all day. It forced me to accept the fact that I’m getting older, and as that happens there are going to be some things I simply don’t like or can’t do anymore. Riding roller coasters might rattle my brain around a little too much now, and maybe I can only handle 3 drinks now instead of 5, but none of these things mean I can’t have fun anymore. I may be leaving the Hulk coaster behind, but I’m still in the front seat of the greatest ride of all time: Life.

Have you had a similar experience? Are there certain things you’ve just left behind as a result of getting older?

58 thoughts on ““I think I’m just too old for this…”

  1. geezlouisechelsi

    I remember when I was in high school, like a lot of other kids I’m sure, I stayed up til like three or four in the morning and got up for school at six. I slept pretty much all day while at school and by the time it was over I felt well awake. On the weekends I probably wouldn’t get up til five in the after noon. Now it’s rare if I stay up til one a.m. and sometimes I get up as early as seven a.m. I guess it’s just like your taste buds changing as you get older, so does everything else. It’s wild when you think about it.

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      It really is! I used to stay up on school nights AIMing(remember that??) until 1 or 2am, then I’d get up for school at 6. I slept until at least noon on weekends. Now I go to bed at 930 or 10 and wake up at 7 and can’t sleep past 9 on weekends!

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  2. Style Journey

    Ha ha! My husband and I say that every year we go to Cedar Point and ride the roller coasters. I also realized I am getting older when I did a cartwheel with my youngest daughter and felt like I pulled every single muscle in my body, lol! And when the hubby and I were at Target and it was 9:00 and dark and we said we should get home since it’s dark 🙂 Heather

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  3. Megan

    I know exactly what you mean. I find myself a lot being in situations where I just think, “I feel out of place, I’m too old for this.” It’s a weird feeling to start having!

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  4. Gma max

    Love, love your viewpoints on life! Just remember that life is enough of a roller coaster for most of us! Love ya! Gma Max

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  5. Lauren

    I swear I could get by on little to no sleep when I was younger. These days I’m typically in bed by nine! Hangovers are definitely worse. I no longer go to happy hour during the week, and forget about drinking two nights in a row on the weekend!

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  6. albucco10

    I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve said the “Is it 9:30 already? Jeez…bedtime” line haha. I used to go out three or four nights a week and college, and now I look back and think how the HECK did I do that? However, dump me in someplace like Disney World and I’m five again, so I guess I’m not a totally grown-up! xo

    Oh, and yes. The hangovers are MUCH worse now.

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Alyssa, I was the same way. The crazy thing is, it wasn’t all that long ago for us…just 2 years ago I was out partying on weeknights! But I love where I’m at now, and there’s plenty of ways for me to keep in touch with my inner kid (especially in Orlando) 🙂

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  7. Always Maylee

    It’s true. What used to be a 1am bedtime has now turned into a 10pm bedtime… and that’s late for me, haha. And what used to be friday nights out at bars/clubs, is now friday nights in on the couch with my husband watching bad movies and eating a lot of junk food. I’m totally ok with it, because I love where I am in life and wouldn’t trade it for anything. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Sounds like my life exactly! But I’m with you — I am so happy where I’m at in life and wouldn’t go back to partying/staying up late anyways. I’d much rather be plopped on the couch or cuddled up in bed spending every Friday night with my man (and soon puppy!)

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      1. Pearls and Lace

        Don’t we all sound the same! Yi-chia, that sounds like a typical Friday night for my husband and I! I just seems like that’s a natural progression in a long term relationship. I agree with you Stephanie, I’d much rather be home snuggling with my hubby than out clubbing until 3am!

        xo jen

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  8. jennacwest

    Girl, I have definitely been there. This past weekend I went out for a friends birthday and while they consumed endless amounts of jelly-shots and mixed drinks, I couldn’t keep up. They are the same age as me but my party days has slowly came to a halt due to my fulltime job and steady relationship. I felt like an old lady because of the very different lifestyle of my friends who still are living like party animals! haha I stayed up until 1 am and I was thought I was a trooper haha.

    I’ve been dying to go to Harry Potter world! That is very high on my list of things to do in life. Ooo and are butter beers good??

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Full time work and having a serious relationship definitely put an end to my partying days as well (but I am glad to have ended that phase of my life). There is a huge responsibility shift when we get older, so there are certain behaviors we just can’t handle anymore! Hoping you get to HP world soon, and yes…butter beers are super yummy!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks Skylette, it was a blast having them visit. You are probably right.. I used to go to theme parks once or twice a year but hadn’t been to one for a few years before going to Universal.

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  9. Rachel

    This post is actually perfect timing for me! I went back to my alma mater this past weekend and stayed out late with friends. My bedtime at home is 10-11 pm and we stayed out until 3 or 4. My body is still recovering- woof! Oh and I hear you on the hangover thing.

    As far as the rides go, I get motion sickness, so I never can go on those darn things!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Haha, even having a “bedtime” is a dead giveaway we’re getting older! I find myself saying the same thing, always complaining when I’m out past my bed time. Funny how things change huh?

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  10. Sue Maxwell

    I agree with Grandma…life is the best roller coaster! I love everything you write about. I wish I had the ability to write the way you do! You are an amazing woman!!!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      It sure is! Thank you mom…you know I have always loved writing but never figured out a good outlet for my creative writing. This has been a great way for me to work on my writing and expand my creative skills…not just writing essays 🙂

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  11. respect the shoes

    OK, so what does butter beer taste like? I know it’s a mythical HP concoction but what have the real world capitalists turned that into? Is it real beer? Does it taste like butter or butterscotch or something?

    Hehe, I am totally getting old – I’ve noticed that lately I don’t like going out on weeknights, like “oh no, I’ve got work the next day, gotta be home by 9!”

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Butterscotch exactly! You can get it cold or frozen but frozen is the yummiest. They put a layer of frothy butterscotch stuff on top and it’s delicious. And I am just like you, I rarely go out on weeknights because I know I have to maintain my bedtime so I can get up for work the next day. Do I sound old or what??

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  12. Susie

    It is SO SO true that hangovers get worse as you get older. I feel like when I was in college I hardly suffered from them – and if I did, it was brief and not so bad – but as soon as I graduated, hangovers started creeping in, and each year they get worse. Ugh. Perhaps my body is trying to tell me something? 🙂

    Sea and Swank

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Agree – I was the same way! I could stay out super late, come home and pop some advil and drink a water and would be fine the next day. Now I’m practically dead the day after drinking.

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  13. biscuitsandnavy

    This is so true! It’s really bad when you starting carrying kleenex around in all of your pockets and then wash your clothes, forgetting to take said kleenex out, only to find bits and pieces scattered among the wash. I’m in grandma land. There is no getting drunk anymore either, it’s just a little tipsy to straight up hangover, within an hour or two. Oh to have the liver of a newborn again!

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  14. kitchenclosetheart

    Loving this post! I think it’s so much fun to kick back and act like a kid every once in a while… especially when roller coaster are involved. And my hangovers are AWFUL lately. An ex used to tell me that once you graduate college, you hand in your “get out of hangover free card.” So true.

    xx
    M

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  15. champydreamsboxedwinebudget

    Great post, lady! I totally understand what you mean! I definitely feel like I’m getting older even from a few months ago. The responsibility of a job and rent and everything has certainly accelerated the process too! So often I find myself thinking, I’m just a little too old for this… haha! xx

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks girl! Becoming fully responsible for yourself, work, finances, etc all plays a huge part in growing up and getting older, and sometimes forces us to let go of some things we did or could get away with when we were younger (even if only a few months younger!)

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  16. thestatestreetedit

    This was such a fun post to read – I legitimately just laughed out loud, but only because I’m starting to relate, too. I love how you embrace life’s changes with such a positive outlook and acceptance of yourself. It’s such a likeable, mature, and enlightened quality. Just don’t get too old for blogging!!

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  17. Evani G

    Lol hitting the twenty-somethings was definitely such an awakening from the nights of being able to stay up past midnight! Sigh. I do love me some butterbeer though!

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  18. Maya

    It’s almost 10PM and I’m exhausted, I can totally relate! I just make sure I make it to yoga a few nights a week and remember to relax {I’m hoping it’s the miracle cure to aging!}

    xo,
    Maya

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