Thank You For Making Me Feel Old!

There’s just something about the American Reunion movie coming out that depresses me. I haven’t even decided if I’ll go watch it or not.

I was born in the mid-80’s, but am mostly a product of the 90’s. What a weird time the 90’s were too… but when I was a sophomore in high school this movie American Pie came out, and boy was it funny! (To me and my peers at least) Sure, it was stupid as hell. Nothing but sex jokes, but hey what do teenagers find more hilarious than sex jokes? It wasn’t going to go on to win any major awards or anything, but it gave us something to laugh at.

This month is my 10 year high school reunion, and American Pie comes back to us in the form of American Reunion. What happened to us all these last 10 years? Out of my little circle of friends we have 2 marriages going strong, 1 divorced, and two of them with kids. We have student loan debt, still haven’t found our dream jobs, homes or cars. Some of (actually, ALL of us) are still in pursuit of that blasted degree. We have lost parents and grandparents and in-laws. We have grown apart from each other, but we intend to rectify that in a few weeks.

We will not be going to our high school reunion.

It’s funny what life was like when I was a teenager, and thinking back to it. The late 90’s and the early 2000’s.

Here I am today – and I don’t feel like the same person. I look back to my teen years and it feels like I’m watching someone else’s life, not mine. Why is that? Does that happen to everyone else? I feel like I’ve put up a barrier between my current life and my past life, and I don’t know why. I wasn’t a bad kid, and life was like it was for everyone in my town – momma’s poor and daddy ain’t around. But she fed us, and I got good grades and I never got in trouble and I had great friends, and I was happy. Why does it feel like that was someone else’s life now?

That’s weird.

Ok, so too much contemplation for one day. Thank you American Reunion for making me feel old!

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7 thoughts on “Thank You For Making Me Feel Old!

  1. Laura, I felt very similar about American Reunion. I was born several years before you and it almost feels like I’ve had 3-4 separate lives since the 90s. I don’t think I could bring together all the people I’ve met and they would agree on who I am. Because I evolved over time sometimes away from and sometimes back toward who I was. It’s such an interesting journey. But the years after college flew by. Can’t believe I’m in my mid 30s.

  2. In England you only really get ID-ed if you look under 21 and right up until I was thirty I was regularly ID-ed (okay so I’d often be buying a bottle of wine along with a bag of pick n mix, but it was more my baby-face and short stature!). I haven’t been ID-ed for at least two years and the guy in the supermarket actually addressed me as maam the other day.

    Too many things make me feel old these days!

    • I know how you feel. Here they are supposed to card you if you look younger than 40, and in the last 5 years I’ve maybe been carded 2-3 times total. I want to yell in their faces “COME ON! I KNOW I DON’T LOOK 40!” haha
      I was called ma’am just yesterday too!

  3. oh man, I’m with you. I just realized that I’m scared of aging… But you know what – the best way to not worry about that, is to make sure you do “young things”. That means enjoying the moment, being active, feeling sexy, learn a lot of new things (all the time) and exploring the world around us. I think people who really make an effort to do that, stay young and healthy and those who just slow down and start worry about everything, do get old fast.

  4. Hi Everyone,

    I can relate to the American Pie saga having lived in Michigan (the setting) in the poor SE Flint, Michigan.

    I was born in the late 80’s grew up in the 90’s and I had a great upbringing. Middle class financially and socially raised by my single Mother who was a nurse. It took me seven years to get that bachelors degree and I never found full time work and live back in the same bedroom as I did as a kid!

    The other day I was watched American Reunion on TV, as I was always a Hugh fan of the American Pie series and LOLed big time! The problem is I watched it on the same TV in the same living room in the same house and I wondered where the hell did the time go?

    My circle of friends totally changed having only no real friends just acquaintances. No girlfriend because of my financial situation and I felt a gap, a black hole, inside me after the film. I felt like a failure. It left me longing for friendship, a career, and a girlfriend, all things I do not have.

    I realize life is definitely not how I thought it would turn out as a youngster (around 10) when American Pie came out. I feel like I spent “10 years wondering in the desert” so to speak and I keep trying to find my place in life, my niche, my purpose.

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