Okay, so as I have mentioned before, me and a few of my closest friends who I went to University together have an ongoing Whatsapp conversation where we basically tell each other our every thought.
So, after all reading some brilliant blogs about generally all of the stupid stuff that everyone does, pre- and post-university we ended up spending most of a day coming up with the Uni “Murtaugh list.”
Okay, for those of you who have somehow managed to miss the MASSIVE show “How I Met Your Mother” .
..seriously, where HAVE you been living? But the Murtaugh list is essentially a list of things which make you say, “I’m too old for that … shit… stuff”.
Post-University Murtaugh List.
1) Drinking Snakebite
Seriously, anything that is seriously DISGUSTING alcohol mixed together to make a concoction so bad that it needs A LOT of Blackcurrant squash just to make it vaguely bearable surely can’t be good for you. And honestly, who are we kidding, even then it’s average at best. I’m pretty sure we all only drank it, because we were poor, and
needed to get drunk. So yeh… I’m too old for that stuff.
2) Wearing next to nothing out
Yes, when in University and you like THAT guy
on the football, rugby, frisbee team, or in the Harry Potter Society, yes it may seem like a good idea to go out with your bum, boobs or whatever out to get some attention. Until you realise that majority of other girls are doing it too. The real world makes you realise that, firstly, wearing more is likely to make you stand out from the crowd, and secondly, ITS BLOODY COLD IN ENGLAND! So maybe put a pair of jeans and a nice top on once in a while?
3) Not washing up for more than a few days
Now don’t get me wrong, we all have jobs and lives and more interesting things to be doing. And no one likes washing up. But (and this genuinely happened – there are pictures) the fact that in University, me and my housemates once didn’t wash up for so long that we ended up having to do it in the bath – because there was WAAAAAAY too much for the sink; makes me cringe so much that I can’t believe I actually just admitted it.
That and whose kitchen is big enough to house that many dirty plates these days?
4) Not wanting to tell someone that you like them.
Yes, putting yourself out there and flat out saying “I want to go on a date with you” is the hardest thing in the world. We’re all worried about getting rejected, or ruining a friendship or generally just making an idiot of yourself. I get that.
sometimes, we’re all too old to not just make a move, because we could miss out on something that could be incredible. Or we’ll waste time chasing someone who it’s going to happen with, when we could be with someone else AWESOME.
4) Wasting 3 days watching films/TV programs.
Don’t get me wrong, I yearn for the days that I could clear my schedule
(AKA as just avoid actually leaving the house) for a few days, so that me and my friends could eat crap, take a few naps, and watch the entirety of Gossip Girl, SATC, Desperate Housewives, the Toy Story Trilogy, the Star Wars marathon, LOTR, or even Harry Potter 1-7 (that doesn’t take as long as you think). But sadly, I feel just too old to do that now. Weekends are the time for doing washing, or drinking or doing all the stuff that you just don’t have time to do when you’re working 9-5. You know, unless you’re really, REALLY hungover, because then it just really HAS to be done.
5) Bowing to peer pressure
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in being a YES person, and many times in the past I have been talked into INCREDIBLE experiences that when they were first suggested I just wanted to stay in bed.
However, as you get older you realise that FOMO is sometimes just a myth. Sometimes you need to ignore the people who are trying to convince you to go here, do this, drink that King cup, go and see that band that you really hate;
etc, etc, etc, and just listen to your instincts and do what you want to do. Kiss that guy who everyone says is bad for you, slow down on the drinking when you feel a little bit out of your depth, take some time to sleep in, recuperate, so that next weekend you can be a yes person and go full throttle.
5) (And maybe the most ironically) Feeling like you’re too old to do stuff.
Now, my dear dear friend L is a firm believer in the fact that we are grown ups now. She has a very serious job, she does charity work, and as much as I adore her, I feel like sometimes she lets being a grown up get in the way of just having a good time. Because, on the occasion that we convince her to let her hair down, and spend some time with the girls, being silly, she always says that she remembers how much fun that it is!
Yes, we all may have serious jobs, and boyfriends and rent/council tax etc to pay and to worry about. But after spending Christmas doing Sambuca shots with my 65 year old Uncle I remembered that, some things you’re never too old for.
And, if you enjoy it, who the hell should tell you to be a grown up and not have some fun?!
I’m sure you lot will have lots to add to my list of things that you’re too grown up to do now. So let me know your thoughts!