An Observation About Life

There is a phenomenon in my life that I would guess everyone has experienced at one time or another.  I'm pretty sure it started when I was 16 and got my drivers license.  The phenomenon is this; I often don't feel old enough to be as old as I am.  What I mean is that on a lot of occasions, usually firsts, it seems like I am too young to be doing whatever task it has fallen to me to do.  I know it is ridiculous, I'm in my 30s, but it is real. Although I remember the first time I ever had the conscious thought that, "Now I am an adult."  I still occasionally get this feeling.  I feel like this on tax day, any time I am about to take a church trip, and whenever I have particularly heavy responsibilities.

I think one contributing factor for this for me is that I am behind the curve in many ways.  I am 33 years old and still single.  I have very few friends who are single.  Most of my friends have been married for a number of years and have children.  So I feel like I am younger than them, even if I am actually older.  This would have been worse a generation ago.  For example, when my dad was 33 he had ten and 12 year old sons.   (By the way, I can pretty much guarantee I feel like this if I ever get to have children.  Who could feel prepared for that?)

Another contributing factor for this is that I teach teenagers and spend much more time with teens than others my age.  So when I have to teach or lead adults, I feel a bit unqualified to do so.

There is no question that the older I get, the less I experience this.  However, I do still experience it.  I just thought I would share my freakish insecurity with the world.  (Because what else is a blog for?)

Here's two questions for my commentors.  Am I the only one who ever feels this way?  If you are over it, when does it fade?