When I was a kid, I was lauded for being the mature kid in the room. The one that the adults could hold conversations with and expect to fulfill my end of cleaning and social etiquette. I was told that my parents raised me so well, and aren’t they so proud of me. Well, they were. I was held to a higher standard with regards to these kinds of things than other kids my age. It really wore on me. It made me stand out from the other people my age, which could really make me feel very lonely.
As an adult, this has manifested slightly differently (just the other side of the same coin). I am constantly the youngest person in the room, youngest in the relationship. I am still the one the older people flock to probably for the same reasons. Sometimes its a shot in the arm, sometimes in the back of the head. When people talk about people not being mature before 25, 30, 40, pick your number I am always the uncomfortable person in the corner that they forget is under that age. So, do I bring it up, or let it drop?
It does beg the question: why do I always end up with the older people when I date? Is it something about me that appeals to them,, or something about them that appeals to me? Probably both, like with so many other things on my life? I know I like having someone I can talk to comfortably, who has life experience and so many stories to go with that. I don’t know what they see in me, but I’m willing to take it. As long as they don’t make fun of me for being younger, or not getting some cultural references, I’m good.