Today I’m Thinking Out Loud with Amanda and talking about looking younger than you are! For anyone wondering, I’m going to break it down for ya…here’s what happens to me on a daily and I mean DAILY basis!
- Drinking or buying alcohol: I have to sign like 3 extra forms stating that Yes, I’m really over 21 and yes, I am legally purchasing this alcohol. This is after being side-eyed by the cashier for 3-6 minutes, checking my ID 8 times, and then looking at me like a criminal. Same goes with ordering a drink at a restaurant…sometimes I don’t order a drink because I don’t want to deal with the hassle!
- Explaining I’m a Real Grown-Up: I can’t just have a chat with someone who doesn’t know me well… about bills, life, marriage, etc. without having to first tell them that yes, I am in fact a grown-up. Once, I was ordering fish at the grocery story and he asked me how I was doing. I replied saying pretty good no complaints or something of that nature. He then laughed and asked me if I “even had anything to worry about” and if “I even had any bills to pay.” GIVE ME MY FISH FILLET,SIR!
- Being Talked Down to: I often get the “let the adults chat” type of a feel when I’m talking to others. At work, if someone has a question, they will often ask someone standing near by rather than me because they think I’m incapable. I feel a great lack of respect in the working world simply because I look young.
- I’m Not Taken Seriously: This is another big one, especially in the working world. My work and thoughts are not always taken as seriously as someone else’s work…even if mine may be better! Also, cut it out with the honey, sweetie, baby names…unless you’re my husband! And no, work attire does not save me from this either. I think many people look at me and think “kid” rather than “colleague”.
Do you feel judged by your appearance or age? Do you get mistaken for a teenager?
Tell me in the comments below!