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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Yes... that's what I planned to do. Actually, I've been talking to my mother and she said that she didn't make a lot of good choices or think ahead when she was younger and that's why she's having so much trouble, and that I shouldn't be as worried as I am.
    Worry less, please. Otherwise you're going to become a stressball.

    Less intelligent than me? So do you mean that you think intelligence is one of my better qualities? That's quite a compliment from an NT to another type, you realize?
    How could I have done that! I complimented an NF!



    You're smart, girl, focused and future-oriented, that's why your worry, since you're thinking ahead and seeing the gaps between what you want and where you are at.

    A lot of younger people (dammit, you make me feel old) just don't plan and get by on a wing and a prayer. I think you stand a risk of over-thinking and becoming too mired into the details though. Pros and cons of both approaches, but different strokes.

    When faced with a big issue. The trick is to break it down into little parts, and tackle it a bit at a time? You can clear a mountain by preparing a rocket launch and parachute, and aim to do it in one leap. But you could also do it a step at a time, yea? And please remember to breathe too.

    It isn't really about my self-esteem as it is about keeping things together, I won't think less of myself so much as I'll be scared for my safety. And if I manage to do well enough to keep my income and living situation stable and have enough money, then I can probably try to focus on something a little higher, like doing things that are important to me. I just see keeping my situation above a certain point as being necessary to move forward. I'm less worried about it since I spoke to my mother who thinks I can do better because of my skills and tendency to worry about the future more.
    I see where you're coming from - take care of existence/survival (of which safety is one), before trying to live. It is sensible, and I think you of all, will know how to live within your means, and not make hasty decisions which could jeopardise your situation.

    But do learn to take it easy as well, yea? You'll be fine as long as you do not get too attached to your successes/failures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I will be 23 next year...I hear that's an unlucky number. And I was also born on March 2, or 3/2, 32, 23 spelled backwards.

    Oh man, 2008 is gonna be a bad year.
    Oh no! I'm already 23 and born on Nov. 3rd or 11/3 or 1+1=2 / 3 -> 23. I'll have to wait for all the unluckiness to kick in.


    Hmm, my plans for tonight is to have fun, among others with Nails, Economica and Blackwater.

    My plan for the new year in general is to stress less and get better at managing my time. Oh yeah, and getting the amount of sleep I need to function at least semi-properly.
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    I worried a lot when I was younger precisely because I was so young I had all these heavy (somewhat unrealstic) expectations on me and the thought of 'maturity' creeping it's head on me or imposing a new reality on me was scary. So was seeing my parents get more and more grey hairs and getting pushed out onto the working world from college, where everyone is more or less on the same Student playing field.

    BTW - my god you all make me feel old! And I'm not even 30!

    Athenian and others on the 20 fringe, yours 20s are a protracted adolescence except you don't fully realize it until it's almost over. You know that saying, 'youth is wasted on the young?' Yep. When I hit 20 and then 23 I thought HOLY CRAP I AM OLD. I think I got all these external signs that somehow I was supposed to be an Adult. Yet, I felt I had somehow missed out on the Adult Handbook and was totally clueless and underprepared.

    I rememember at 22 I even talked smack about a guy my 22 year old friend was dating. Because he was 28 and still such a flake. We both said, "Seriously, shouldn't you have your act together by then?"

    Oh how this makes me laugh and laugh now. And then cringe.

    It was only after I hit 25 that I realized fuck it. If you gauge age materially, by where you live and what you do and how you spend your free time, there are people in their 40s with underage children and tattoos and piercings who still booze it up and party like 20 year olds and go to concerts (surrounded by younger people). There are 20 something whiz kids wearing sensible trousers and button up pants buying condos and driving hybrid cars and researching the best mutual funds to invest their 401k in. Dude, people are ALL OVER the place as far as 'age'. And that's fine.

    Now I'm scrambling and have been since hitting 26 to give myself permission and room and enough rope to make crazy stupid fun (not all at the same time) mistakes and adventures. When you officially become Old, and especially Too Old for something (i.e TOO LATE) you will KNOW IT. Before that happens, I would like to get my fill. You should too. If all else fails, fake your age.

    Now off tangent, for the new year I will start it off with a fast and see myself making some money to fuel travel and relocation. I haven't travelled internationally in way too long and have not nearly seen enough of the world. I also have to jump into the next act in my occupational adventures. I also see myself dating a lot. And moving a lot. I don't want to settle down just yet.

    I look forward to 2008. I love the cliche, ______: it's what you make it.

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    Am I the only one around here who has trouble reconciling the facts that on the one hand, their official age keeps going higher and higher every year, while on the other hand they feel younger and younger all the time ? I was feeling and acting so old and responsible and serious and whatnot back when I was 20, and now that I'm 34, I feel so young and so much more relaxed and so much more able to enjoy life And no, it's not because I've acquired more security/money in the meantime

    My plans for New Year's Eve: help my son and cat no freak out when the fireworks go off all over the neighbourhood

    My goals for the new year: remodel the living-room, learn Slovene, eat better, get another baby on the way, go visit my parents with my son, have fun with my pencils and softwares... That's already a nice big load, so I'll stop there for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering View Post
    Am I the only one around here who has trouble reconciling the facts that on the one hand, their official age keeps going higher and higher every year, while on the other hand they feel younger and younger all the time ? I was feeling and acting so old and responsible and serious and whatnot back when I was 20, and now that I'm 34, I feel so young and so much more relaxed and so much more able to enjoy life
    Exactly!

    It's like you get old enough to realize how young you are.

    I feel so much better being closer to 30 than to 20. Though, if anyone asks, I am 26 FOREVER.

    Hahahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Heh, we used to do the pots & pans thing too! And my dad would always take his trumpet out and blast a few sour notes.

    I'll be working (my friend and I are going to try to find an open coffee shop) and try to make it home for midnight nookie.

    This year, we climbed out of a financial hole we dug when my husband was laid off a few years back. We just hadn't had room in the budget to make any headway until recently, but we paid off an INSANE amount of debt in a short time. Next year I hope to continue that trend, maybe even start building a hill instead of just filling the hole. I'd also like to work on my time management skills so that I can work when I'm working, and enjoy my family & read actual books when I'm not. And work on my psyche so I can be in the emotional place to lose weight and keep it off. Tall order!
    Is it akin to the chinese thing of scaring away unhelpful spirits with some bangin' ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    I worried a lot when I was younger precisely because I was so young I had all these heavy (somewhat unrealstic) expectations on me and the thought of 'maturity' creeping it's head on me or imposing a new reality on me was scary. So was seeing my parents get more and more grey hairs and getting pushed out onto the working world from college, where everyone is more or less on the same Student playing field.

    BTW - my god you all make me feel old! And I'm not even 30!

    Athenian and others on the 20 fringe, yours 20s are a protracted adolescence except you don't fully realize it until it's almost over. You know that saying, 'youth is wasted on the young?' Yep. When I hit 20 and then 23 I thought HOLY CRAP I AM OLD. I think I got all these external signs that somehow I was supposed to be an Adult. Yet, I felt I had somehow missed out on the Adult Handbook and was totally clueless and underprepared.

    I rememember at 22 I even talked smack about a guy my 22 year old friend was dating. Because he was 28 and still such a flake. We both said, "Seriously, shouldn't you have your act together by then?"

    Oh how this makes me laugh and laugh now. And then cringe.

    It was only after I hit 25 that I realized fuck it. If you gauge age materially, by where you live and what you do and how you spend your free time, there are people in their 40s with underage children and tattoos and piercings who still booze it up and party like 20 year olds and go to concerts (surrounded by younger people). There are 20 something whiz kids wearing sensible trousers and button up pants buying condos and driving hybrid cars and researching the best mutual funds to invest their 401k in. Dude, people are ALL OVER the place as far as 'age'. And that's fine.

    Now I'm scrambling and have been since hitting 26 to give myself permission and room and enough rope to make crazy stupid fun (not all at the same time) mistakes and adventures. When you officially become Old, and especially Too Old for something (i.e TOO LATE) you will KNOW IT. Before that happens, I would like to get my fill. You should too. If all else fails, fake your age.

    Now off tangent, for the new year I will start it off with a fast and see myself making some money to fuel travel and relocation. I haven't travelled internationally in way too long and have not nearly seen enough of the world. I also have to jump into the next act in my occupational adventures. I also see myself dating a lot. And moving a lot. I don't want to settle down just yet.

    I look forward to 2008. I love the cliche, ______: it's what you make it.
    I'm amused you settled on 25 as a crunch age. By a strange (and probably unknowing) coincidence, you are quite right. For the average human becomes an adult at 25 - at that point the final piece in the brain grows that makes the crucial social decisions etc. That's an average, and gender independent (source is National Geographic)

    Ask the car rental companies, they know (statistically) that 25 is when we can start making decent decisions under stress.

    -Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Is it akin to the chinese thing of scaring away unhelpful spirits with some bangin' ?

    -Geoff
    don'tmakeadirtyjoke don'tmakeadirtyjoke don'tmakeadirtyjoke...

    Maybe? I think we just enjoyed the opportunity to make some noise at midnight without pissing off the neighbors.
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    Eh, it's just another year. Time is just an illusion...
    I bet they'll put something in the air tonight, just to light your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by substitute View Post
    And athenian, 20 is so not old, echoing others here. Actually 30 is a pretty hard birthday... I just turned 30 last year and realized that I was now at an age where I really sorta officially was a grown-up. 20-somethings can still get away with acting like teenagers and doing the whole 'searching' thing, but once you turn 30 people expect you to start bucking your ideas up!!
    Actually I think my almost being 30 is what's causing a lot of my dissatisfaction with where I'm at right now. I'll be 30 in July of 08! All of my friends are 30 or older (I'm the baby!), and I hear it's the year or so leading up to 30 that's worse than actually turning 30. So I'm hopeful that by the time I actually turn 30, I'll be to the point mentally where I can say, 'Eh. Screw it. I'm 30, big deal. The 30's will be WAY better than the 20's.' (and actually I think they probably will!! My mid-twenties sucked and I'm glad to have those years behind me! :-)

    I'll probably crack open a bottle of wine tonight, but nothing big going on. I kinda wish I had someone to do something with, but I don't, so I'll just make the most of it!

    As for next year, I have a trip planned for April/May. Otherwise I'm really wanting to figure out what the heck I want out of my life, so that I can start working towards that.
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