I always seem to be two steps lagging. Normal people my age are married with a herd of kids. I met someone yesterday who is a year younger than I and she is a grandma (yow! they all start early in that family apparently.) I'm not saying I envy that. In no lifetime would I want to be a grandparent at 36. bleh... But a lot of my friends have kids who are in high school. It will only be a couple of years before their kids start going on missions and then getting married and my friends become grandparents!!
So I feel stupid talking to people about the things I'm dealing with right now. I'm moving. I found an affordable little place in a not too shady part of town and I'm in the process of getting my crap together so I can move in. It needs to be cleaned first and then they are going to let me paint and then I'll move in. I'm excited. Really- I am. I can't believe the incredible luck I'm getting on the deal of this apartment!
But I hear myself saying things like, "I own a couch! How grown up am I!?" and realize... that's something a 20 year old would say. Sure, I've lived away from home before- but I've never *owned* anything (I have a bedroom set. I insisted on that when I moved to Colorado. I slept on an air mattress till I could afford my bed and I got a matching dresser and nightstand to go along with it. So yeah- I guess I did own one thing).
Everything else though was always owned by someone else- either that or we found it out near the dumpster and brought it in (that only happened once... maybe twice... and the other time, the couch was found in the mountains so that doesn't count as by a dumpster, although it is just as nasty- but we were young and stupid and didn't think about critters and cooties that might also take residence).
All the normal people I know have already been dealing with these things for years! They're mostly all past the rental stage and are *gasp* homeowners! I just feel like I relate more to dinky college kids more than I do to people in my own age group. I'm about 15 years behind in life (more than that in some areas).
I may not be expressing myself in the way I had planned when I started writing this. I shouldn't have watched a sad movie and then sat down to write. That's never helpful. Plus I'm just so overwhelmed with everything right now. Moving. Work. Painting. Family. Traveling... I don't know where to start so I hide in my room and take naps so that it will go away.
I bought a washer and dryer today. Yeah- that required a long nap to recover from the stress of that commitment. I'm not cut out for this kind of crap. This crap that most people call day to day life. Where the hell was I 20 years ago!? Why haven't I learnt any of this by now? I guess my slow boat to reality sank in the harbor.