Then & Now: 21 vs 26

3 Dec

(This post inspired by recent blogs from a few of my favorite people and the fact that I’ve slowly noticed some changes in myself and body. All things that I have no problem with, really. It’s kind of fun to see myself “grow up.”)

Then: I could wear four inch high heels until the wee hours of the night, even when dancing.
Now: I can get through the day wearing two inch heels… if I can kick them off under my desk here and there.

Then: Pulling an all-nighter to study or to party was a cinch. No energy drink needed. No bags under the eyes.
Now: Um, seriously? I need my beauty rest. Not to mention I will need an energy drink if I get less than three hours sleep and I will have (perceived) bags under my eyes.

Then: My idea of a casual night out was dinner and drinks followed up with a few shots at the local bar.
Now: Dinner. Maybe a movie. No shots. Probably not even a drink with dinner.

Then: Weekends were for sleeping in and taking endless amounts of pictures.
Now: Weekends should be for sleeping in but are instead reserved for laundry, errands, family time, organizing that can’t get done during the week and very low-key casual nights (see above).

Then: Going out until 1am during a 40-hour work week was no big deal.
Now: I’m usually in bed by 10, midnight if I’m engrossed in a book, movie, phone call or gchats.

Then: Hitting on a complete stranger was no. big. deal.
Now: My palms sweat. I’m afraid the hot stranger will want to shake my hand. And sweaty palms isn’t attractive. So he’d obviously not want to talk to me. And so I just don’t do it.

Then: I dyed my hair just for fun with such colors as cherry brown, blue/black, purpleish dark brown.
Now: Dying my hair is solely for the purpose of coloring my gray hair. It’s also the “natural,” color of my hair.

Then: I had no interest in running a 5k.
Now: I can and do run 5ks. I managed to run the “Gobble Wobble,” in 31 minutes which considering I wasn’t allowed to run for two weeks isn’t too shabby (doctor’s orders what with the bronchitis and all).

Then: I could drink four Blue Moons and not feel the slightest big hungover the next day.
Now: I pass out after four Blue Moons and wake up to find my stuff is all over the place (usually in a trail leading up to my bed), cell phone no where to be found and massive headache.

Any changes (good, bad or otherwise) you’ve noticed in the last five years?

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24 Responses to “Then & Now: 21 vs 26”

  1. SoMi's Nilsa December 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    I love that you say you need an energy drink IF you get less than 3 hours of sleep. For me, there is no getting less than 3 hours of sleep. I’m getting at least 6 or I’m not functioning. =)

  2. butterflycharlie December 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Blue Moons sound good, what’s in it?!

  3. CLo December 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Yup, being 21 is awesome.

  4. Andrea December 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    Oh, man. I so relate to this. I relate to this so much I might have to write my own version.

  5. Liz December 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Chores. I have SO many more errands and chores to do. I thought life would be easier when I just have to go to work and come home – no homework – but I was so wrong.

    And the need to go to the gym. I’ve always been overweight but it’s creeping on more and more as I get older which means my need to go to the gym has increased tremendously.

  6. Little Fish December 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Oh sweetie, just wait until you hit your 30’s…

    A couple of months ago I left the following voicemail for my friend at 9:30pm:

    “Hey it’s LF. I’m sorry to call so late, I just wanted to let you know xyz and oh my God I just realized that we are so late that 9:30 seems really late to be calling someone.”

    When I talked to her the next day she said, “I was cracking up when I heard your message because when I saw that I’d missed a call from you at 9:30 I thought, ‘wow it’s late to be calling- I hope everything’s ok’, really when did we get so old. It was only 9:30!”

  7. Habbala December 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Are you a blue moon girl?? They’re my favorite.. I will stalk up for your visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair December 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Hahaha, love it. EXCEPT I am 21 and I totally relate to the “Now” parts. Uh oh.

    My excuse is that I started drinking legally at 18 up here in Canada and was technically “partying” since I was 16. Haha. Ya, that’s my excuse….

  9. Emily Jane December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Did *I* write this?? LOL I can so totally relate (other than the running part, I haven’t reached athleticism yet :)). I’m all inspired to write a then and now post too :)

  10. AuburnKat December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I definitely was different 5 yrs ago! I thought I would soon be getting engaged and I was living in KS. Yeah, lots has changed=)

  11. tabithablogs December 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    LOVE this. And I definitely might steal the idea, too.

    Aaaand it just started snowing on your blog. Awesome! I was going to put it on mine, but my page is too “white” so it’s barely noticeable. Looks like floating dandruff. :-P

  12. Margarita December 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    I wish I was still 21, lol. I agree on every part of this post. Except the running, ha ha

  13. Rebekah December 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    I was engaged when I was 21 and I was laaaaame. My 5-year post will have to be the madness of 23 compared to the staid old lady I am at 28.

    I used to be an alcoholic, make-out-with-strangers mess. I had a no-stress sort of job that basically just involved showing up, opening my eyes, and breathing, so I could pull off the party girl thing. But life demands more these days. More sleep. More sobriety. More anti-wrinkle cream.

  14. Lisa D December 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    These were fun to read – and all of them resonated with me. Except the 4 inch heel one. I am a disaster in high heels. Never have been able to wear them! My max is probably 2.5 inches?

  15. mandy December 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Oh so many of these are so true. No joke, a few weeks ago my best friend and I went to Target, to get coffee and then grocery shopping and called it fun. Its hell to get old.

  16. mandy December 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Love the snow!

  17. barbetti December 4, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    This post is great, I love reflecting on the person you used to be. It really validates the whole “I want to learn who I am” thought that everyone has. It’s incredible how easily you can change. It inspires me to do my own.

  18. Megan/SomewhatVoluble December 4, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    So, I’m 21, and I go to bed at 10 (sometimes earlier!) … I guess that’s because I wake up at 5:30am for work, but still.

    Hmmm. Five years ago, I was sixteen. Heh. I could pull all-nighters. However, I couldn’t handle difficulties in life back then as well as I can now.

  19. Kyla Roma December 4, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Ah!! I have blue moons in my fridge THIS MOMENT! lol Mister’s mom brought them back from the US for us. I love your comparisons- it sounds like you’ve grown up a lot, but that you’re still having a lot of fun.

    However I think that our slight age difference accounts for the 5k thing. That’s all yours! lol =p

  20. Amy --- Just A Titch December 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    I love this! We’re the same age, and MAN! I feel you on the heels and the drinking. I thought I would be able to stave it off ’til 30, but I feel it now!

  21. andhari December 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    I love it, I wonder if I get tired like that in 5 to 7 years. I think I will.

  22. Lollygagger. December 5, 2009 at 12:58 am #

    These are so true! Don’t you look at 21 yr olds now, and think aw, how cute. (Maybe that’s my 29 yr old speaking) But honestly, I love getting older, minus the aches. :)

  23. Lauren From Texas December 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    You are so cute! This is me already, and I am 3 years behind you. I am an old woman in a young woman’s body.

    To quote my husband (after whining to him last night about work, etc.): “It sucks to be a grown-up, doesn’t it?”

  24. Lauren From Texas December 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I adore you! <3 I need to do my November recap STAT. It's already the 7th. I am so ashamed.

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