I am NOT 13 Anymore

I am NOT 13 Anymore

Slow down, you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?

– Vienna by Billy Joel

This song is simply wonderful, the lyrics are magical and it is to the point. It’s so amazing that it hits you in all the right spots. I heard this song in the movie “13 Going On 30”. I loved that movie. It was recommended by Po. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the plot, since I didn’t know anything related to the movie and I have not seen fantasy romcoms before. Then I saw Jennifer Garner. I consider her performance to be one of a kind, right there after Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts. I liked her. She was relatable. She set me thinking, obviously.

We all still yearn for the good old days when things were simpler, sweet and less dramatic. Some of us might have had a rough childhood, but we might have that one sweet spot somewhere. We sometimes cling on to those memories, because being an adult is not only hard but also extremely confusing. 

I liked my teenage years, I was satisfied at that time. But the only thing I wanted to do was grow up so that I can start being an adult and have the freedom that I needed. I guess we all felt the same when we were younger. I remember thinking about all the things I would accomplish, like traveling all the time, staying on an island, live like I’m on a vacation, etc. But I didn’t think about the things it takes to do all that.

Now, it is a lot different, adulthood is not the same thing that I had imagined to be all those years ago. Now I am just as clueless as the everyone else. Maybe some of us have mastered being an adult. In any case, we all of us have a few achievements, some setbacks, many highs and a lot of lows.

I know I don’t have any magic dust, but I wish I could did have some so that I could go back and advice myself not to be hard on myself or be in a hurry to grow up. I am not saying being an adult is not fun, because it is, along with other wide range of sides.

We all have that one friend, who is like Matt (Mark Ruffalo… Po loves him a lot and actually edited this herself so that she could put this in). If you still have that friend, don’t let go of them and if you are that friend, stay the same. Because friendship is as important as your other relationships. The movie highlights that fact. I am not going to discuss the romantic aspect of that film because that’s irrelevant for today.

After watching the movie, I realized, although we all can’t go back like Jenna, the protagonist, and change what we did, we can try to change our today. And there is a scene, in which Jenna’s mother gives her advice. It is about letting go of what we can’t change, trying to have the courage to turn your mistakes into learnings and try to make things right.

I know, I know, I am supposed to just watch movies and not overanalyze them, but I can’t help myself. I was so deep watching it, that by the time it was over, I decided to add it to my pick-me-up list for when I feel low. You know, the kind of movie, that makes you feel cheery.

So, in conclusion, this is dedicated to all people out there, who are as confused as me.

Cheer up, you might not be 13 anymore but you sure can rock your adulthood.


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