Old enough to know better…

but too young to care.

I listen to NPR when I’m in the car anymore.  From 0530 to 0630 and then from 1500 to 1630.  I’ve gotten used to it.  Blame Timothy.

So the other day I am listening to Terry Gross from Fresh Air interview Billie Joe Armstong of Green Day.  I once wrote an article in the newspaper about Green Day.  The song Good Riddance was my High School class song.  So I was pretty interested in what he had to say.

Eventually Terry brings up the fact that he used to get naked on stage and asks what statement he was trying to make.  And he talks about how he wasn’t really trying to make a statement.

And he uses the phrase “Old enough to know better, but too young to care.”

And I get that.

I get that.  You learn alot about yourself and the world and how things are between the ages of 16 and 26.  And with the new year upon us I get to thinking about how on March 31st it’ll be ten years since I got my learner’s permit.  And how much and how little I’ve changed.  I think alot of it has to do with that phrase.  I do know better now.  In alot of ways.  But I geuss in my head I still feel too young to care about it.

I think so many people are like that.  The easiest example for me is healthcare.  By the time you start to care about your health it’s usually too late.  Money can be like that too.  Or relationships.  Hindsight is 20/20 is the saying.

So this year I’ll be 26 for the very first time ever.  I won’t feel old, because the only time I really feel old is when I think about it.  But I’ve got a job, a career.  And bills and most of the things people associate with adulthood.  And the thing is my friends are starting to buy houses and get married and they’ll probably start having kids soon.

And I’m still too young to care.

But I’m happie just the way I am.



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