I have discovered that being an adult is really like being a teenager all over again. There are big differences, though. When you were a teenager the first time you were probably too young and stupid to realize what was really going on around you. Ignorance really is bliss, people! I wish I still had that ignorance at times.
So why do I feel like I am a teenager all over again? Some of the situations I am thrown into feel like that. She said, he said, they said all kinds of crap about so and so. And if you aren’t a part of this or that clique then you are just oh-so not cool. And if someone doesn’t like you, they’ll stab you in the back and throw you under a bus. Adulthood is just a much meaner version of being a teenager. The stakes are higher.
Then after you get past all of that drama, there’s dating. When you’re middle-aged you’ve probably got a failed marriage or a failed long-term relationship under your belt. You have this unwanted emotional baggage and some battle scars and wounds. And you still don’t want to be alone. And you’re not sure how it all works since it’s been 10-15 years since you’ve done this whole thing. So you try online dating and being set up. And you find it all horrifically demoralizing. You go to all the “right” places to meet people. You don’t want to meet people through work because that is just a time bomb waiting to blow. So you keep trying and hoping. Some work. Some don’t.
This is what it is like to be a teenager all over again. Ain’t it fun? Whoever signed up for this on purpose is an idiot.