Friday, July 20

On aging

At what point in your life, do you feel like your old? Or even at what point should I feel like a true adult? In the United States a person is considered an "adult" at the age of 18. At 18 you are allowed to vote, you can purchase cigarettes (but not alcohol), you can get married, you can buy property, you can do pretty much whatever you want (abiding the US laws of course).

Well, I've been past 18 for almost 6 years now. But I still don't feel old, or even adultish really. I mean I'm graduated from college, I work full time, I'm married, we even own a house! So at one point do those these in our life make us feel grown up?

A couple weeks ago Nate and I went to Seattle. And while we were there we stayed in a hotel. (What is it that is so fun about staying in a hotel?) Nate said something like "do you ever feel like we're playing pretend?" Like how can we just stay in a hotel, by ourselves? Or even go on a vacation when we want, where we want?

Last night we went to the midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises. Today, I am exhausted after only 5.5 hours of sleep last night. My freshman year of college I went to bed around 1 or 2 or 3 almost every morning, and granted my grades didn't end up being the best, but I felt fine. I felt alive, and coherent. And today I feel like crap. Does my needing more sleep mean that I'm getting old?

I guess I shouldn't complain about sleep until we have children and are getting 5 hours or less of sleep regularly, right? And then maybe having children will make me feel grown up? Having a little being to care for besides myself?

Right now I think 25 feels "old", but that's only a little over a year a way for me, less than a year for Nate.

So I have a couple questions for you... whoever you are, no matter what age you are, do you feel "old"?

Second question, I want to make a list of 25 things I should do before I turn 25.  Any suggestions for me?

  1. Run a 5k. (I know I run this distance often, but not outside and not in public)
  2. Read 10 books.
  3. Take a  photography class.
  4. Get pregnant.
  5. Sew a dress for myself.
  6. Travel to another country. (Again. Hopefully Europe next summer)
  7. Learn a magic trick.
  8. Make breakfast in bed for Nate.
  9. Lose 5 pounds (And keep it off until #4 happens)
  10. Have 10,000$ in savings.
  11. Stop biting my nails for good. (It probably means I'll develop another bad habit to replace it though)
  12. Cook a turkey.
  13. Eat vegetarian for 2 weeks.
  14. Float the Provo River.
  15. Study ASL.
  16. Dye my hair brown.
  17. Study German.
  18. Sew a blanket/quilt.
  19. Paint 2 more rooms in the house.
  20. Pay for a stranger's meal.
  21. Make a compost bin.
  22. Visit a new state with Nate. (Together we've been to Utah, California, Washington, Idaho, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. And drove through Arizona, Oregon and Nevada. 40 more to go.)
  23.  Don't eat any candy for 1 week.
  24.  Make homemade butter.
  25. Hike to the top of Timpanogos. 


  1. life definitely does not begin until 50!!! the happiest age group is over 60! look all you have to look forward to.
    and I think staying in hotel is always fun too...
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    happy weekend. good luck with your list!

  2. I personally really like #4!

  3. I think about this all the time too! Even with two children, I still feel like I'm playing pretend. Maybe when I find a gray hair I'll feel old, but probably not... ha. Hope you are doing well, I like keeping up with your cute family via your blog!

  4. I would do #11 before you are too far along in #4!

  5. Some days I feel old, some days I feel like I have just started. New adventures are part of what keep me from feeling old. My kids inspiring me are part of what keep me from feeling old. Even though I have a granddaughter, I should be old but I love the excitement of life and so I feel young. Just keep enjoying your blessings and inspiring yourself.

  6. Ever since I had Owen I can't even remember how old I am. So I guess that's when get old when you have a kid and cant remember how old you are.

  7. Aimee 9 and 4 might be hard to do together.... you might want to change 9 to gain 30lbs

  8. I love this! And some of your ideas are definitely things I would love to accomplish. The cooking a turkey one is my fave. That is definitely on my list. What about eating solely from your garden/home for a week? I've thought about that. It would be good practice.

  9. I'm with your mom, super excited for #4! You are going to be adorable pregnant. :)

  10. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with your mom and dad.

  11. I like the new additions! Especially pay for a strangers meal! So awesome!

  12. Hi Aimee! I was about to reply to your comment, but then I realized that you're a no-reply blogger. here
    is a quick tutorial on how to fix that. In terms of cool stuff to add, I think you should totally do the Color Run! It's like a 5K, but um, ten times cooler because you're throwing colored powder at each other the whole time! For something simpler, and maybe more accomplishable, try just sitting outside and watching the sun set. No phone, no distractions, just watch it.
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  13. I don't know you but I know nate.. but i'm bored and reading this LOVING #4!! And #13 but #4 comes with lots of new PROJECTS, like a nursery, and excitement and joy and who doesn't love BABIES :)))). And lets face it.. you and nate are going to have ADORABLE babies!!