There is a certain time in a young adult’s life where they say to themselves, “I’m too old for this”. This is also from the ‘80s classic “Lethal Weapon” and then again in an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”. The saying is absolutely true.
I am 26 right now and 23 when I started going to school at Illinois State University. I remember in one class I was speaking with my teacher, who was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and I realized that I was older than her. This was new to me. I had never expected being older than someone you are learning from. When it occurs, you critique that individual more because all you can think of is, “I was listening to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle rap albums when you were born!” (That is an actual thing. You have to look it up and listen to the awesomeness that is: “Coming Out of Their Shells”.)
The same type of thing happened with other students. I was not incredibly older than others but enough to where when they asked me if I wanted to come to parties with them, I said no. I had no want to be the Matthew McConaughey from “Dazed and Confused”. I did not revel in the fact that the thing about ISU students was that I keep getting older and they stay the same age. So, I was too old for that stuff.
Recently I was talking to a student who informed me of the term “ratchet”. She explained that it was a slang term for a trashy girl who thinks she is amazing. The whole class knew what it was but I was oblivious. After that someone said, “I can’t believe you have not heard that before.”
My only thought was, “Excuse me while I go drink my chamomile tea and watch reruns of ‘Murder She Wrote’ and ‘JAG’.”
I suppose once I am out of a city where immortality is relative as people are usually 18-22 at all times, I will feel a bit better with my age.
Until then, I will just go Murtaugh and say, I am too old for, some, of this sh**.