People are very visual creatures and it’s normal to make assumptions and judgments about people based on their initial appearance and nothing more. Which explains why this whole past week on vacation I received a litany of stares, side-eyes and whispers while I walked the streets doing the tourist thing in Toronto. Maybe it’s because I am 6 months pregnant and who isn’t attracted to the maternal glow of a woman carrying a small beach ball that you might catch wiggling for a moment if you stare hard enough or maybe it’s because people were assuming I was 16 and one post production voice over from a spot on MTV’s Teen Mom.
Looking young for my age is something I’ve never really gotten used to and now that I’m in my 30’s it’s increasingly becoming a source of confusion for many people. Before I get hit with the trusty, “You’ll be thankful for this when you’re 40.” (Which by the way I was told a long time ago about 30), I’ll remind you that looking like a teen when you’re a full grown tax paying adult is chock full of challenges that are unfamiliar unless you’ve ever been mistaken for a student while you’re teaching the class.
So in case you’re wondering why I feel the slightest bit of anxiety whenever I go to pay for a bottle of Riesling in the liquor store and realize I left my ID in the car, these 10 situations may give you some insight: