Getting older, I don't mind it. Not yet anyway.
Growing up, it means more freedom and more responsibility. Dominik (my husband) says I've really changed. I am just as motivated and able to relax as ever, but Dom says there are a few small things that have changed drastically since he met me at 17 years old. I think responsibility and freedom are the two things that have influenced these little changes.
He says I've cleaned up a lot. haha. I am much more punctual and tidy. My clothing, the spaces I live and work in, have all become more neat.
I have changed. Those of you that knew me just 7 years ago are probably nodding your heads right now. I was dressed super raggedy. At that time I was volunteer at a homeless youth center, and one day one of the street kids asked me, "Hey Anna, are you one of the volunteers or clients here?" It was pretty clear that I looked like I lived on the streets. I had always worn what I wanted, regardless of what others around me were wearing. I wore the same thing almost every day. In college, my clothes said, "I don't care."
One year after that, I was done with my masters in teaching, wearing pencil skirts, and granny blouses. Growing up to me at 24 meant dressing like an old lady. Teaching was the first time in my life that I was in charge, fully in charge (responsibility). This is when getting places on time and dressing a bit more presentable became necessary. My punctuality and appearance reflected me, and making a good impression with my appearance mattered, for what felt like the first time. I remember it being really uncomfortable to dress a certain way for others. It plagued me, almost morally.
Growing up at 28 is embracing freedom and responsibility, in turn, doing what's right for me, but ready to put others above myself. I think I'm finding a healthier balance in myself, and in my style. I dress presentably. I try to wear things that are multifunctional, that I can wear teaching, playing music, or travel in. Having the freedom to do all these wonderful things comes with a lot of responsibility. I love growing up!
It's interesting, looking at the superficial changes that have been happening in my 20s. It's fun to try and find out what was and is motivating me to dress and act the way I do.
Superficial changes usually indicate inner changes. Agree or disagree?
P.S. I turn 29 on Wednesday. We'll see what growing up to me means at 29...