When Did I Get So Old?

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A few months ago I went to a concert. This was a standing room only show, no assigned seats. The standing for a couple of hours at a time doesn’t bother me about these types of shows. What does bother me is the jostling around with a bunch of other people. I hate having too many people in my personal space at one time. This show stood out in particular due to one girl standing in front of me. She spent the majority of the show flailing around like a wacky waving inflatable tube man and turning around to make googly eyes at her friend who was standing behind me. I spent half of the show enjoying the act performing and the other half throwing elbows to defend my feet from being trampled by this 20-year-old dancing maniac.

While we never actually said anything to each other, we were aware of one another. I noticed her constant 2-stepping, she was well aware of my flagrant elbows. I’m sure she heard me proclaim to my fiance over 100 hundred times about personal space and rude people. And I certainly caught what she said to her friend, “I came here to have fun not sit stand around like this.” That’s when she crossed her arms and made a face that you would most likely make when imitating the line, “Get off my lawn!”

I like to think that even in my late teens and early 20s I was aware of personal space and wouldn’t have acted the way this girl did. However, I probably wouldn’t have been as annoyed with that behavior back in the day either. I would have most likely been drinking and dancing along to the music as well. Now, I just wanted to enjoy some music and get home with enough time to get my eight hours of sleep.

That concert made me realize that I am getting old. I understand that in the grand scheme of life I am not old. Statistically speaking, I have more than half of my life left to live. If I were to die, it would still be a tragedy and people would question how it happened. Old age and sleep wouldn’t be the culprit. But I do feel like I’ve said goodbye to my youth.

We all get older. We all know that one day we’re going to get older and older. But as a teen, it’s so far in the distance that it’s a fact that might as well be made up. When I was 17, turning 30 seemed like a lifetime away. But then I turned 30, and then all of a sudden I turned 33 and I was easing into my mid-thirties. It all happens so fast.

Every young person is going to one day look up and realize that the years are passing by a lot faster than they used to. We’re always told “time flies” but don’t realize it until we’re in the midst of it. It’s why Buzzfeed has at least one article a day marveling at things that came out 10, 15, 20 years ago. We can’t fathom that the shows we grew up with are turning two decades old. Sometimes a quarter of a century. (All That premiered in 1994!!!) We’re constantly left asking, “How did this happen? And how do I make it stop?”

I’m not sure how I got to be 33-years-old and I know that there’s no way to slow down this train as much as I want to. I am just going to have to accept that this is my new normal. The years are going to continue to fly by so I have to remember to savor each day.

10 comments

  1. I was at a concert recently in a venue where the seating wasn’t particularly steep, so you would have trouble seeing the stage if someone tall was in front of you. That wasn’t my problem, but the young women in front of me were holding their phones over their heads to take photos and video (since they didn’t have a good view of the stage otherwise), so there were parts of the show that I could have watched through their cameras.

    It was annoying.

    And I am old.

  2. Wait until the music you loved in your 20’s are now on an oldies station. Wait a minute! I saw Bon Jovi live in 1989! That’s….that’s……30 years ago…..deep sigh.

    It happens so fast. On the bright side age is just a number. It’s how you feel and who you are that matters.

  3. So I go to mostly rock type concerts and the one thing I can’t stand is when couples are like grinding to the music lol so. weird. but i have to admit I rock out way too hard sometimes and definitely invade personal space – not on purpose and I’m not rude about it like this girl was!!

    1. There’s nothing wrong with rocking out. I had a ton of people bump into me and step on my toes at the concert. I didn’t want to dropkick every single one of them. It was just this particular girl.

  4. Oh my gosh I’m DYING at this post because I am the exact same way!! I hate when people invade personal space too much and I like even sitting at concerts some nowadays, hahaha. I remember when I first followed you a few years ago and you weren’t 30 yet. I can’t believe how fast time is flying either and don’t know where the years go. Life is just flying and I want it to slow down a little!

    1. I recently took a trip down memory lane and read some of my older posts. It’s insane how much time has flown by and how much has changed since. Time flies way too fast with each passing year.

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