Last week I turned 34. I have been thinking about if I really feel 34 or not. Does 34 seem old? Young? Or just right? I realized that it just depends where I am. Here at Ft.Campbell a lot of my friends are 27-28 years old. Some even younger. I don’t know too many people in their 30s like me. That makes me feel old. Talking about when we were in junior high and high school makes me feel old. Knowing my husband is getting pretty close to 40 and others are not even 30 yet makes me feel old.
On the other hand, when I go home to California I am usually one of the younger ones in the group. Everyone is either my age or older. I think if I was around those people all the time I wouldn’t feel like 34 was old.
I have been married for a while, have three children and we own a home. Although we are still trying to figure out our future, if it includes the Army or not, I feel pretty settled and in that way 34 fits. I have been able to travel around Europe, live in three different states and two countries. I feel like I have done a lot since I left my parent’s house at age 18. In some ways that seems like a lifetime ago. I am getting close to the point where I will have spent more years out of my parent’s house then in it.
So yes, 34 does work for me. I am not going to stay 29 forever nor will I hide from my real age. Although I have to admit, saying, “mid-30s” sounds a little weird right now.
Do you feel your own age?
P.S. Speaking of age, check out my newest post on Militaryfamily.com about Joining the Military at an Older Age