5 July 2013

TAKING PEOPLE BY SURPRISE


Yesterday I had a woman come up to me and ask if I was in high school, stating that I indeed appeared to be of about sixteen or seventeen. After explaining to her that I had graduated from university two-years ago (has it really been two-years?) and that I was approaching 23, she declared that I 'must be doing something right'. We had a good ole' laugh about it and she went on her merry way. Unbeknown to her just a fortnight ago an elderly man had said the exact same thing, no doubt worried that I was wagging class. In fact, this is not a rare occurrence in the life of me, with people often mistaking me for being at least a decade younger.

I continually ask myself, is this a compliment? In ten-years or so I'll definitely welcome such a statement, but at just 22, are they wiping the last half-a-decade of experience and achievements off my list? After all, how incredibly much do we change post-school? I think they would have a fit if they knew I was settled down in a de facto relationship, pursuing my own business and a mother to a beautiful ragdoll kitten (tehehe).

And then as I edited the above photographs late last night, I realised that I actually do just look young. There are two ways I can look at this: 1) that yes, people may disregard me as a naive teen; or, 2) that I will continually take people by surprise, so long as I keep up my skincare routine. Perhaps I am just an over-achieving teen with a degree under my belt and the world at my feet.

Next time somebody declares me as a young student, I think I'll simply reply with 'thank you'.

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14 comments:

  1. I think its an absolute compliment!!! Love this outfit btw :)

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    1. Thanks darling! Your blog is amazing by the way. xx

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  3. I thought you were a couple of years younger when we met, I will admit. It is a good thing. I rarely have people think I am almost 30. I used to have that for years too- where people thought I should be in school, or that I was super smart and had moved up in school years early! Not quite. :)
    I love this jumper!
    xx Jenelle

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    1. There was no way I thought you were almost 30 when we met, so there we go! We must all be doing something right! xx

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  4. I should take it as a compliment. When you're a decade older you will realize how much you'll like those compliments! (At least, that's what I think when I am ten years older then I am now). Cool sweater by the way, you look good!

    xx

    www.ireneweekly.com

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    1. I completely agree - perhaps I'll look 21 when I'm 30+? Or at least I hope so! xx

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  5. we know how you feel! we just take it as a compliment! at least when you are in your 30s you will still look as youthfull as you are now! That aside, we love this outfit, especially those boots!

    www.mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I'll definitely be taking it as a compliment, especially in years to come! xx

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  6. Oh I get the same thing, people always assume I'm younger then I actually am. Take it as a compliment, I'm closer to thirty (eek!) then twenty so I love it when I hear it. Plus surprises are pretty rad!

    x

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    1. I think our generation will generally look a lot younger, thanks to skincare! Woohoo for us, hey! xx

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  7. I love this outfit, especially the jumper! I don't think that you look that young but I guess it's better than looking much older than you are!

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  8. I love this sweatshirt and I love it paired with the all black skater skirt! Also, have I mentioned you're the biggest babe EVER? ;) xo
    poison in a beautiful bottle

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