Every now and then I run into people I went to high school with and think “Wow, you’ve really aged.” Which I realize makes me sound like kind of a horrible person. What I mean is that they are a far cry from the baby-faced, naive-looking student that they were years ago, and really look like an adult.
I know “looking like an adult” is a vague and baffling statement on its own. What does an adult look like, exactly? Are they precisely 5′ 6″? (If that’s the case, I’m doomed.) Have a certain percentage of their face covered in facial hair? (gentleman, obviously.) There comes a time when people just start to look older. They have more of a presence, seem more sure of themselves — responsibility streaming from their eyes.
And here’s me, getting stopped by building security and asked where my hall pass is.
I know I’m petite in stature and have the eternal look of a middle-schooler. But after a while, hearing “You’ll appreciate your youthful looks when you get older” becomes frustrating in itself. Maybe it’s because I can’t see myself as others see me, but I don’t feel like I’ve physically changed much since I was in high school myself, much less look like the substantial “adult” that others do.
There are a few little things in life that make me feel like an adult, however, and I’ve come to appreciate them greatly. Not because they make me feel any more validated, but it’s nice to feel – internally — like I’ve accomplished things. They may not seem like much, but these are the moments that make me stop and really feel like I’ve “made it”.
- Talking about insurance and interest rates over dinner, among other things. A captivating conversation for sure, but talking about what’s going on in your day-to-day life takes a turn for the more boring when you reach a certain age.
- Hearing my footsteps click on the hard linoleum floor. This conjures up images of adults from my childhood and, for whatever reason, just screams adult to me. Maybe it’s the association my brain makes, or the fact that it’s harder to be confused for a student when you’re wearing professional shoes.
- Walking into a car dealership and negotiating a deal on a new car. Chalk this up as one of my biggest accomplishments this year. Buying used just isn’t the same as walking into a big, intimidating dealership and holding your own.
- The urge to clean the apartment before company arrives. A dirty, disorganized house just isn’t okay. Cleaning is beyond a chore and while I still don’t like it, I recognize when it needs to be done. Having a scrubbed and dusted house complete with candles burning makes everything feel more homey and put-together.
- Sensible shoes. I don’t have the patience for shoes that I can’t move in. Call me crazy, but I’m all about comfort and practicality.
- Shopping for candles becomes a thrilling adventure. The candle store is exciting! I have places to put candles! I must smell all of the candles! Twice! There was once a point when shopping for CDs was my primary interest, but those days are long gone. Give me candles or give me death!
- Checking my JORD watch for the time. Phones are great and all, but a watch has the added bonus of making you look classy and put together.
For whatever reason, of all of the things that scream refinement and maturity, I love a good watch. Maybe it’s because we’re so reliant on our cell phones nowadays, but raising my wrist to look at the time feels like a nod to an earlier generation. It’s a little luxury, even, and a welcome motion that I know won’t turn into my getting distracted with a text or notification from Instagram.
I love that JORD’s watches are unique while still looking timeless. A wood watch is quite a statement in itself, but JORD’s manage to take classy to the max. My style leans more on the traditional side, but the burgundy hue of the Cora watch caught my eye immediately. The mother of pearl face paired with the purpleheart wood is sophisticated enough while still making the subtle statement that makes my high school goth phase giddy.
Burgundy is just so darn classy.
Can I add a color to a list of things that make me feel like an adult?
*I received a complimentary watch from JORD to review. All opinions, however, are my own.
What little moments make you feel like an adult?