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May 26, 2008

Prolonged Adolescence

I was reading about how women now have there periods for a lot longer than we did in times past. What I mean is, for whatever reason, we begin to menstruate at an earlier age, and we have less children and later, meaning that we spend a lot more time bleeding.

Then I got to thinking about how it seems that our whole culture is prolonging adolescence. Young girls are dressing like grown ups and wearing mini skirts and trainer bra's. We watch TV shows about 30 somethings living in share houses and going to parties and agonising over bad relationship choices. We are having children older, as late as our 40's. We are essentially extending our teenage lifestyles from about age 10 to 35.

So that's my rant and rave for today. I am feeling a bit isolated from my own generation, who are consistently shocked and horrified to hear that I am married at the tender age of 24, that I own my own home and I plan to have kids before I am 30. I'm not suggesting that this is the best path for everybody, but again and again I am surprised at how few people are choosing to take this path now.

8 comments:

notyet100 said...

u r right julia,kids mature fast these days,..in childhood stage thy start acting like grwonup/

Ivete said...

I must add there are a lot of grown up women acting and dressing like teenagers,too. That's all very sad!

spillay said...

Seems to me that you are making the right choices... don't worry you are not alone in that boat. I married at 26 and had both my kids before I hit 30. At 34 (2 years ago) I retired from the paid workforce... and now I spend my time nourishing my still young family... It's a great place to be :)

Julia said...

Thanks, it's very heartening to hear you agree. I am truly happy and proud of my life choices, but I just don't feel very supported. Thanks for inspiring me.

maduraiveeran said...

Traditionally people in India prefer a girl to be married in lower 20s (23 to 26 i guess) and it is our belief that the best child bearing age is before 30. It is good for the kid and the mother. I guess Western culture has too many influences and that is spreading down to India too.

Julia said...

I do think I must have been Indian in past lives, because I have these beliefs too!

Goofy Mumma said...

I am with you Julia. Married, my own home, and baby, am still to turn thirty. I think its a healthier choice this way. It feels really strange seeing much older people hankering for a childish lifestyle.

Am new to your blog, and really loving it.

Julia said...

Pleased to meet you Goofy Mama, hope to see you around here again.

I'm glad your in the same club! It is odd to me that some people hate growing up so much.