Apparently.I am nineteen years old, however whenever I meet new people, they assume I'm between twelve and fifteen. Do I take it as a compliment? No. I find it offensive, in fact. I'm an adult, almost twenty years old, and yet they think I'm a kid. Because I look like one, I'm then treated like one, which infuriates me. Often I am called "cute", and I absolutely hate it; I'm a lady, and if you find me attractive, search for something else in your vocabulary to express it.
There's been times in the past where I have been accepted into events for half the price, because they just assume that because I look like a young teenager, that I must be one. I mean, I suppose it's nice to get into places for half the price, and sometimes even for free, however considering I'm an adult, I'd still much rather be seen and treated as one, even if that means having to pay the top price for something—that's just the way it is.
What aggravates me the most is when I go clothes shopping in a store where the employee's attend to their customers. Several times, I've had the store clerks look me up and down before mentioning to me that "the kids section is this way..." I try to smile, laugh it off as a joke, but deep down it annoys me immensely. I understand that it's not their fault they don't know my real age, however I still can't help but take offense, because I don't want to be seen as a kid, and I don't want to be directed to the Kids Department.
Two years ago, I discovered that I needed to begin wearing presc
I've also tried expanding on my clothing style, to seem a little more physically mature. I went from wearing nothing but trackies and hoodies, to wearing jeans and tees, tank tops, knit jumpers and denim jackets. Again, that didn't seem to help much. However, I'm now comfortable with my style, and I'm not willing to continue to keep on changing it just to somehow bring my true age across to everyone I meet. I've also refused to begin using make up simply to look more my age, or possibly a little older—make up isn't me, it never has been, and probably never will be.
I don't leave my house often, but even if I did, I wouldn't be the type to visit pubs or clubs. I don't have the issue of having to show my ID all the time, which is a relief. But I know that in the future, it's likely to come up at some point. I worry that if there is a time that I need to show my ID, the person still wouldn't believe that I am my true age; I would hope they wouldn't wonder if I've made a false ID, because even on my photo, I look quite young. But, maybe that's just me being paranoid.
People are always genuinely shocked when I tell them how old I really am.
Too many act like I'm fragile glass or an innocent kid who hasn't hit puberty. I doubt I'll be getting noticed as a nineteen/twenty year old anytime soon.