One of the things I hope to accomplish for my Day Zero Project is answering all of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. It's a list of deep, conversation provoking questions that I found on a blog called Marc and Angel Hack Life. In particular, I thought it would be interesting to blog about because so often I get caught up in life that everything just becomes so straighforward, and the element of thinking deeply goes right out the window. Hopefully these questions will get my creative juices flowing and get me in better touch with myself.
Question No. 1: How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
I think the best indication for this question would be to ask my friends how old they think I am, because I am not sure that so many of them know! But that wouldn't be fair, I'm sure, so I guess I'll put it out there. My true age is 25. I was born in 1985, graduated high school in 2003, college in 2007, got married in 2008 and had my first child in 2009. My age if I did not have this knowledge would probably be around 33, I'll say. Why?
I think it's safe to say that a lot of my friends are waiting longer to get settled in with a career, get married, and have children. My husband and I took more of the traditional route of getting married, buying a home, and having a family right out of college. There's nothing wrong with either route, but I do think that by comparison, it adds a few years onto anyone guessing my age.
Also, I think the fact that my husband and I moved to New York City right after college graduation has also added a few years to our 'acting age.' In New York, we were several hundred miles from knowing anyone, and it really forced us to grow up and do things on our own. We didn't have our parents to help us get our cable hooked up, or to do our laundry or make us a nice home cooked meal when we had a bad day at work. At my job I was often called 'the baby' because I was so young, and most of my friends were 30+ and so their lives and input had important significance to me. Had we stayed in New York longer, we would have waited to have kids because it would have been financially impossible for probably another 10 years, so in New York my acting age might be pretty close to my real age, but in Virginia I'd say I'm probably closer than the 30 mark. I know more about preschools, potty training, and hot water heater repair than most people my age. :)
Of course, that also puts me to middle age before most of my real-aged peers, but at least I'll have less wrinkles among the group that I do fit in with! ;)