Not only was this my “favorite” phrase in high school (it donned the back of my SENIOR GIRLS shirt) but this phrase also accurately describes this time in my life. There are days when I wake up and say to myself “Wait what…?” I wonder how the heck I got to this place…it’s the middle of September, I have officially been a member of the work force for about 4 months, I have to start investing in my 401K, I have a car payment, my friends are getting married….the list goes on.
I’m on an alumni committee for SMU called SeRVe which helps recruit prospective students. We called students from our hometown and help answer questions about SMU and the experience. A lot of times when I called, I reached the parents and it’s amazing how they change the way they talk to you when you say that you’re an alum. They totally change their tone of voice from the “I’m addressing a college student” tone to the “you are my equal/peer” tone. It really started to hit me that while I may still feel like a unprepared student of the “work force”, people around me don’t necessarily see it that way.
I know that my world will keep changing every day….but sometimes I just wish it would slow down and let me be a kid again. Good thing I’m going to my cousin’s wedding this weekend where I’ll be the oldest, unmarried cousin in the family…I think it’s the perfect excuse to act like a kid.