First, I need to give credit where credit is due. Thanks to the Twenty-Something Condition’s recent post for inspiring me to make my own Murtaugh list. In Twenty-Something’s post she references the How I Met Your Mother episode (Season 4, episode 19) where Ted references Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon’s well-known catch phrase, “I’m too old for this shit.” And Ted creates his own list, which then Barney tries to do all the items on Ted’s list. Being a die hard How I Met Your Mother fan, I could also relate to the episode. For those of you who don’t watch HIMYM, first shame on you, but here is a clip so you can understand where the Murtaugh list comes from. It’s short and it won’t kill you, I promise:
I might not be 30, which is the point of the HIMYM show, but this upcoming May I will have been out of college for two years. It’s crazy because it really doesn’t seem that long ago that I was triumphantly holding my diploma and taking pictures in my cap and gown. In the past two years a lot has changed. At first, I was un-easy about the change and that’s how this blog came to be, but I now welcome slowly slipping into adulthood. Just last week I wrote a recommendation letter for someone who later got an interview for the job, and that felt pretty damn good. Maybe being a Borderline Adult isn’t that bad, maybe it just takes some time getting used to. Either way, there are a few things that I can’t help but declare, “I am too old for this shit” and I am okay with that.
1. I am too old to have irresponsible roommates. I might only be 23, but I feel like I’m too old to have to remind someone when rent is due, or when to pay the bills. Or even worse, come home to wet and bleached carpet because my roommate’s friend threw up after a night of drinking and couldn’t make it the eight steps to the bathroom AND because my roommate didn’t know how to clean the carpet properly. We’re adults now, we should know and do better than this. Our apartment is now our home, not a dorm where we sleep eight months out of the year.
2. And speaking of drinking…I am too old to party every weekend. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t like to go out, but I feel like I’m too old to go out with the objective of getting wasted every weekend. This is for many reasons. 1. I don’t have the money and 2. I don’t want to feel like shit for a majority of my weekend. Plus, going out to socialize is much better than going out to get drunk. I have better relationships with my friends because of it.
3. I am too old to not be able to prioritize my budget. I have real bills to pay now, and should be better at budgeting than I used to. I can’t always buy that cute skirt I want from LOFT, or the candy that I’ve been craving for that matter. I have a credit card bill, rent, utilities, insurance etc…I might not be perfect at this one yet, but I’m working on it.
4. I am too old to have to rely on my parents/other family members financially. I am one of the lucky few to get through college with minimal debt, but after college due to some unlucky timing, I paid for two apartments in two different cities for six months. It left me broke and with a few thousand dollars on my credit card bill. My Grandma (bless her heart) hates to see her grandkids in debt, so she kindly offered to pay off by bill, with the notion that I would pay her back with no interest. This was a very gracious offer, and one that was honestly hard to turn down, but in the end it’s my debt, and one that I need to deal with on my own. It was my choice to sign a lease and not move in with my aunt, and it was my choice to go to Vegas for that Bachelorette party. I’m an adult, which means I need to take responsibility for my finances, and I can’t turn to my grandma or parents anytime I need financial help.
5. I am too old to not take care of myself. I weigh too much, and it’s not going to get any easier. During high school I was a year-around athlete and was in impeccable shape. In college, I didn’t work out due to an intense work and study schedule. Plus, I ate late and horrible meals full of sodium. Now, I have the time to work out, which I do, but I am realizing that it would’ve been easier if I would’ve just kept it up throughout college. Now, I’m 50lbs heavier and would love to just lose 30lbs of it. I’m realizing that 10 years from now the actions I make consistently throughout my 20s are going to make a difference of how I will feel and look in my 30s and even 40s.
I could easily add a few more to my Murtaugh list, but these are by far my top five. I hope I didn’t sound too cynical, but I think it’s important that we realize that there comes a time when we can’t (and shouldn’t) do certain thing anymore. I mean, nobody wants to be the 50 year old woman acting like they’re 21, right?
What’s on your Murtaugh list?