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I Act Older Than My Age

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    blackstar888 blackstar888 13-15, F 6 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    People always say, "What?

    You're 19? You seem older". But then you've got those people who look at me and ask if I'm a freshman in high school haha
    sweeterthansugar95 sweeterthansugar95 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I would say this has applied to me

    since I was around 11, I grew up allot faster than I expected to and I never really forced it either. I will admit as kid I wanted to grow up but I lost that notion at 15 or so. I had my first relationship at 11 and I think that caused me to grow up in different ways. Then when...
    MisssValentine MisssValentine 18-21, F 2 Responses May 20, 2014

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    I'm in my early/mid 20s

    and I act like 35 (no offence 35 is cool). I don't go out, I don't dress cool, I don't have any to much friends. It's a mess. I'm the oldest amongst my parents children so it makes sense. I've always had to play this mother role, still have to today. But it meant that I was...
    secretheartpanda secretheartpanda 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    Mature For My Age.

    I've often been told I am mature for my age because of what I do and what I know. I am not like a typical teenage girl. I don't wear layers of make-up, I wear none. I don't follow fashion trends, I wear what is comfortable. I don't go "out" with friends every day, I prefer to...
    ForeverIsOver ForeverIsOver 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    People think I'm 21 or 18

    and I'm only 15
    dominick6 dominick6 13-15, M Feb 9

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    I act beyond the years of my age.

    I am unfailingly polite and know when to become serious. I am eager to know what happens globally rather than just behind the school gates. I don't care for gossip, and I order my priorities more sensibly than most teenagers my age would. I am also quite wise for my age (I say...
    ole0005 ole0005 18-21, F 25 Responses Jan 12

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    MonkeyGirl0909 MonkeyGirl0909 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2014

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    I am a 50 year old trapped in a 17 year old

    body, it's quite interesting actually. I don't wear skinny-jeans, I don't know how to twerk, I couldn't care less about Tumblr or Twitter, and I have no interest in Justin Bieber. I prefer to wear modest dresses, Charleston, read books and ogle Clark Gable :P I have old...
    DrKittyNinjaBunny DrKittyNinjaBunny 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 10, 2014

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    People sometimes think I'm 16

    which is great at times but then to think of it they are ageing me
    vanessa5290 vanessa5290 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    everyone tells me I act older

    than my age. I think it's because mom and dad never talked down to us. Plus I'm around adults more than kids because I'm home schooled. Most girls my age drive me crazy because they're so immature.
    y2kgirl y2kgirl 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 27

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    My father was diagnosed with terminal lung

    cancer when I was 9 years old, from then I was forced into adulthood as a whole load of misfortune befell my family. This experience, heartbreaking as it may have been, has molded me into a much more mature and wiser person, over the last 9 years.
    Joshybwoi Joshybwoi 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    LuvableBee101 LuvableBee101 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Usually when i am with friends i am too

    talkative like a stupid teenager but when time comes for an advice my friends ask me what to do even in situations that are a bit personal...
    msi3792 msi3792 22-25, M Feb 11

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    ArtsyBitch ArtsyBitch 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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    I believe it helps to be mature

    for your age. I've had to raise myself since I was 10 and I took care of my family throughout high school. These responsibilities gave me great ambition and maturity. Now I'm in my first year of college and instead of blowing my time on frat parties and trying to get the...
    sweeterthansugar95 sweeterthansugar95 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 9

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    thoughtless17 thoughtless17 16-17, F Apr 18

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    I'm 16 but people think

    that i am like 22 because of the way I carry a conversation. Sometimes it's a blessing but other times is a curse. When people tell my that I am older i take it as a compliment.
    lolawolf lolawolf 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    People look at me and say

    that I look like I'm 15 or 16 but I'm really only 14! Wow I know I get it a lot !๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚
    livvie22 livvie22 13-15, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    My biggest issue with showing my age in here is

    the handful of adults who treat me differently because of it. Well, even my peers tell me to shove it because I'm the same age as them. It is one of my biggest peeves. I will admit, I say smartass things to the younger group on here sometimes but only if they're trolling. I have...
    anonymouslymysterious anonymouslymysterious 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 14

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    Seriously today I sat down with the guidance guy

    and we had a full out adult conversation (nothing sexually I swear) we talked about what I wanted to be and how I'm doing in my family life (-__-*) we even got into politics which I know nothing but what the news and my parents have told me (which apparently was a lot more then...
    sixpackbookworm sixpackbookworm 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I look older than I actually am

    which causes people to expect me to act older.. I don't mind tho, sometimes it can be fun to be mature!
    lex0213 lex0213 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    usually when I meet new people.

    . a lot of the time like my parents or grandparents friends.. they always assume I'm 16-17 but I'm actually younger. I've lived in a home for the past 7 going on 8 years where I pretty much raised my baby brother who is now four, cooked dinner, did dishes and swept the floors...
    hannahrose29 hannahrose29 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    I feel like I'm mature

    for my age , even though I don't really see age . I think there is a certain manner in which everyone should carry themselves . Not saying you have to be all polite and proper cause that doesn't make you mature at all. I think you just have to be understanding of the way life...
    kovykov kovykov 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    All my life, I have experienced

    both family and personal trauma in extreme ways. That in itself has caused me to mature at a rapid rate, from the age of 8 until now (I am 15). I had to practically raise myself, so being a child was never really a thing for me considering I was forced to take care of adult...
    lexidiana lexidiana 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    I don't seem to get along

    as well with people my own age, they seem to immature to me. Still a lot of drama and high school stuff I prefer people older than me.
    EurekaKumagai EurekaKumagai 18-21, T 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    Many people in my family

    as well as my mom's boyfriend and his family have said that I'm very mature for my age. I'm actually really immature around friends haha, and I'll make "your mom" jokes and dirty jokes, which is really weird because when it comes to serious situations I'm definitely a lot wiser...
    xCrowSong xCrowSong 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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    People have always said I act more mature

    than most people my age :)
    Justastrandedgirl Justastrandedgirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 8

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    Yes, I am quite young.

    .. I am like 15.But I feel like I am quite mature for my age. But my parents think otherwise. I donยดt know what to say to that. Maybe they are right, but maybe not... I donยดt know. But however, I have older friends up to about 19 years or so. I get along with them really good...
    LivingDeadGirl2000 LivingDeadGirl2000 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 30

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    I hate when people ignore my ideas just

    because I'm only 14... I'm smarter than half the 20 year olds now! (Not bragging or anything) - (I didn't mean that snobbyish) but everyone says "you're 14. Grow up" Really? I only have four years till I am a legal adult, therefore I am a young adult, And age doesn't even...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 14 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    People tell me I look older

    so I just act like if I were 17 hahaha. It's actually fun hehe. I don't go around ******* but I do do lots of ****
    ice00 ice00 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Why wouldn't I desire wisdom at a younger age?

    I mean come now what's there to lose?
    Daivancey Daivancey 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 10

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    People need to stfu. I am 14

    and graduating high school this year. I'm way smarter than kids my age are supposed to be. If you tell me I'm only a child and that I don't understand it ****** me off. I've been through so much **** it ain't even funny. So yea **** off.
    RaisedByTheWolves RaisedByTheWolves 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    I hear this on a daily.

    .. Everyone I know has always told me I act way older than my age I believe it has alot to do with how I was raised my grandparents raised me and very much believed in teaching us how to be well mannered and (for the girls anyway) soft spoken so in a way it is just what I'm...
    Forbiddenkisses Forbiddenkisses 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 13, 2014

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    I'm 15 but I would rather hang out with my 20

    year old cousins than any of my 15 I 16 year old friends
    alexwhite99 alexwhite99 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    I can't relate to people my age.

    I wish I could like partying, getting drunk and talking about who made out with who last night but I just find it so vacuous. I think something's wrong with me. It's probably because I had strict parents. I feel they have judged me since childhood. In elementary school, my mum...
    amp351 amp351 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Which kind of bothers me

    because it's hard to make friends...
    skiesbeforeguys skiesbeforeguys 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 15

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    meganduggins meganduggins 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    i believe life is lived through experiences,

    not years, and i've experienced a lot of things in my 20 years. i try not to let my ******* attitude rub off on my peers that enjoy their youth. but in short, i'm usually left thinking, "wtf is the point of it all ๐Ÿ˜’?"
    NotGonnaBeInYourTalentShow NotGonnaBeInYourTalentShow 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 15

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    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 22 Responses Apr 16

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    grown ups always tells me

    that I am older then I act
    hope02345 hope02345 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I certainly hope not!

    I'm older than I ever was already.
    bcvegas4u2 bcvegas4u2 66-70, M Jan 24

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    When I was younger, I went through things

    that most kids wouldn't have to go through. This doesn't make me special, and it doesn't make me more important than anyone else. I've seen things that most kids wouldn't even dream of seeing. I was basically forced to raise myself after my parents split. I've always been more...
    lizzielazylove97 lizzielazylove97 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    There was a time when my family doctor a friend

    of me and my family once told dear boy you seem to have the maturity or the experience of a 40 year old man when I was barely 26 at that time. It was during the 2008 period when worst things started to happen to me. But what my doctor said was true he said even at this young...
    FightingTillTheEnd FightingTillTheEnd 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    I guess it's from my experiences?

    I was forced to grow up. I was forced to be the man of the house all my life. I was forced to help raise my sister. I was forced to deal with problems that most people wouldn't deal with in their teen years - excluding depression. I do have my childish moments where I laugh...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    about 4 years ago my parents spilt

    and it was horrible with the fights and yelling of my dad , mom , and older sister yelling at each other i tried to protect my younger brother that was 7and my little sister that was 5 and I was only 9 it lasted a long time which force me to act older then i am.
    redgladius redgladius 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 16

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