Actually, anyone can answer this - guys or girls. I’m just interested to find out who swore they’d never act like their parents (or anyone else who raised them) yet, inexplicably, started doing so anyway.
When I was younger, my mom was constantly telling me that, even if I wasn’t her greatest fan, I’d turn into her sooner or later. And, damn the luck, but she was right! Well, at least for certain things:
My mom is obsessed with food. She’s constantly planning her next meal. When I was younger, I swore up and down that I’d never waste so much time on my meals. Fast forward 15 years and I’m not as obsessed, but I do spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what’s for dinner, though most of it is poring through ways to get in maximum nutrition.
My mom was constantly telling me that jeans were awful and refused to let me wear them around her. I thought this was absolutely ridiculous. So, naturally, as soon as I moved out, jeans and flannel shirts quickly comprised about 90% of my wardrobe. But, lo and behold, as I’ve gotten older (I’m 32 now), I’ve found myself turning down jeans in favor of nicer, casual slacks and replacing my hiking boots with nicer shoes.
Mom insisted that I wear makeup, even to get the mail which I still think is impractical. I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup to work, much less to get the mail. But, I still can’t make myself go outside in my PJs or even with my hair all messy, even just to get the milk on milk day. (Yes, we have it delivered.)
I’m careful about manners. I used to think they were useless and constantly ragged on my Mom about enforcing them so much, but the older I’ve gotten, the more valuable they’ve become for social lubrication. I also appreciate it more and really take notice when people use manners around me.
So, in what ways have you found yourself turning into your parents?