Does age matter?

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warita200

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A certain incident in my lines of friends prompted me to put some second thoughts into this matter.
In our modern era, the age is becoming less and less of an issue, people are more free to pursue their dreams and live their lives without being forced into constrictive concepts about what is an age appropriate behaviour, what one should or shouldn't do at a certain age. If you want, you can take anime as an example. The typical anime audience is around 16 years old (and mostly male). Hence, I often felt a bit weird being a girl and by some years older than the average. But then again, who says an older person cannot enjoy anime? Is it something one must grow out of, after he turns 20? And if yes, WHY? Its not like the TV offers much of an alternative; the TV programs is getting dumber and dumber by the year..... so why not anime? I don't feel I should stop watching.
But the main idea is, why and when should you feel you are too old for your hobby, should you be ashamed of it and try to hide your age, when talking about your hobby with your friends?

As for relationships, the matter is a little bit more complicated. Some people cannot picture themselves with an older/younger partner, some don't see an issue with it. This is a complex subject, but I believe that age gaps in a relationship can work, if both sides share similar attitudes to life, have the will to make the relationship work and have a mutual respect for each other. Come to think about it, this is essential for all relationships. So, this really makes me wonder, why certain people feel compelled to lie about their age. The lie will be discovered sooner or later anyways, so why bother to lie in the first place? Or do these people think, that by the time their real age will be discovered, it wont matter anymore, because by then they will move on to their next victim? And trust me, people lying about their age is more common than you think!!!

And lastly.... does age matter in friendships? To a certain extent it does I suppose. Every age group has its own interests and attitudes do change over the course of life. Young people have the tendency to be more reckless and see the world black and white, whereas older people see also the shades of grey in between. That said, I don't think that a young person cannot be friends with an older person. Maybe it isn't the same type of friendship he has with his peers, but that can make such a friendship even more interesting. It enriches us to see a different view on life and exchange experiences. So, in the light of that, why do some people feel they need to cut their age to half to be able to speak to people in their twenties (of course this is only possible online.... but hey, most of this type of bullshit happens online anyways). And why do some people blame the loss of a formerly good friend on the fact the said friend found out about their age? If the person who lied had been a good friend otherwise, the age would have NEVER been an issue I think.

Please leave your ideas and comments, I am very curious how other people feel about this.
 

monsta666

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Kouhai
QUOTE (warita200 @ Jan 26 2011, 09:35 AM)A certain incident in my lines of friends prompted me to put some second thoughts on this subject.
In our modern era, the age is becoming less and less of an issue, people are more free to pursue their dreams and live their lives without being forced into constrictive concepts about what is an age appropriate behaviour, what one should or shouldn't do at a certain age. If you want, you can take anime as an example. The typical anime audience is around 16 years old (and mostly male). Hence, I often felt a bit weird being a girl and by some years older than the average. But then again, who says an older person cannot enjoy anime? Is it something one must grow out of, after he turns 20? And if yes, WHY? Its not like the TV offers much of an alternative; the TV programs is getting dumber and dumber by the year..... so why not anime? I don't feel I should stop watching.
But the main idea is, why and when should you feel you are too old for your hobby, should you be ashamed of it and try to hide your age, when talking about your hobby with your friends?
While I broadly agree that many hobbies are not age-specific there are certain activities where it is expected that people will "grow out off" after a certain age. I suppose a common theme - a theme that is loosely tied to relationships - is that a young men (and more recently women too) are generally expected to sow their wild oats at a young age before settling down later. Okay maybe this hobby is somewhat debatable as you can call it a lifestyle rather than a hobby but I believe similar principles can be applied in this area. Off course there are certainly some hobbies which you can definitely class as age-specific e.g. playing with barbies is generally perceived to be an activity only children engage in. But for the most part I would agree; most hobbies (animes included) are acceptable for all ages.


QUOTE (warita200 @ Jan 26 2011, 09:35 AM)As for relationships, the matter is a little bit more complicated. Some people cannot picture themselves with an older/younger partner, some don't see an issue with it. This is a complex subject, but I believe that age gaps in a relationship can work, if both sides share similar attitudes to life, have the will to make the relationship work and have a mutual respect for each other. Come to think about it, this is essential for all relationships. So, this really makes me wonder, why certain people feel compelled to lie about their age. The lie will be discovered sooner or later anyways, so why bother to lie in the first place? Or do these people think, that by the time their real age will be discovered, it wont matter anymore, because by then they will move on to their next victim? And trust me, people lying about their age is more common than you think!!!
I certainly believe that the issue of age, or should I say age difference, has become less taboo in modern times than it was in the past. This is particularly true with whether the woman is the older member in the relationship. Saying that, it is still a contentious issue and I have known some friends who have been quite firm that they would never go out with a woman who is older than them. Age does matter however and to lie about this issue is a automatically dealbreaker to many people as lying about something so fundamental will lead to major trust issues. Also with age there will be some practical things to consider, namely children. If a woman were to lie about her age to a man who wanted to have a child it would do the man a major disservice to do this. Even if the man has their own issues it is not in good taste to do this. Off course the opposite is also true for the men although when it comes to children it is less critical as their biological clock lasts longer.


QUOTE (warita200 @ Jan 26 2011, 09:35 AM)And lastly.... does age matter in friendships? To a certain extent it does I suppose. Every age group has its own interests and attitudes do change over the course of life. Young people have the tendency to be more reckless and see the world black and white, whereas older people see also the shades of grey in between. That said, I don't think that a young person cannot be friends with an older person. Maybe it isn't the same type of friendship he has with his peers, but that can make such a friendship even more interesting. It enriches us to see a different view on life and exchange experiences. So, in the light of that, why do some people feel they need to cut their age to half to be able to speak to people in their twenties (of course this is only possible online.... but hey, most of this type of bullshit happens online anyways). And why do some people blame the loss of a formerly good friend on the fact the said friend found out about their age? If the person who lied has been a good friend otherwise, the age would have NEVER been an issue I think.

Please leave your ideas and comments, I am very curious how other people feel about this.

Personally I think age is less of an issue in friendships and I really fail to understand how certain people can see it as such a major issue, I don't think age should jeopardise or worse still end a friendship, particularly one that had lasted a number of years. It is something I recently experienced, at least that is my belief, and why the person thought this I do not know, suffice to say it was a misjudgement on their part and is totally false.

It is certainly possible to have friends with people of any ages. I have friends of many ages, with people of all ages from young (under 10) to old (60+). While the dynamics of the friendship will be different due to peoples' differing life experiences a good friendship is still possible. What is most important for me is the relative maturity level of the person and how level headed and interesting they are. Also one major advantage of knowing people outside your immediate age group is you get to see how another perspective to life, be it young or old. Also with older people I always see it as an opportunity to gain wisdom and learn from any mistakes they made; it is better to learn this way than through personal failures.
 

Morgan 3

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Is age an issue?.. In my life, it hasn't been. I am now passing mid-60 and have good friends from 10 to 70.
When I was a kid, I knew, and was friends with, people of many ages.. of course, most of them were my age, but some were in their forties and fifties. Reflecting, I now realise that I have had friends of all ages through my whole life. I suspect any limitation tends to be in the one who sees one.
I have found that most people have something interesting about them...in their experiences or in their thoughts... which is a start. I suppose it's all in how you define a friend.
If you say, a friend is someone you do things with.. then, yeah, there's a limitation, because someone my age is unlikely to dance headbanger all night. still, that is an awfully narrow view, since that would include the people in the traffic jam in the morning... and MOST don't much like them... even though they have never met them. Most, on the way to work, are doing the same thing with the same people every weekday.
So, doing things together?.. I don't think that's it. To me, a friend is partly someone you can talk to, partly someone you can share thoughts with, someone you can share your ups and downs with and, most importantly, someone you trust. So, age an issue... not that I can see.
 

nijlandp

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I agree with Morgan 3. It is all down to how you define a friend. Do you call people who you do things with a friend? or people with whom you share thoughts? or ideas?
I have very different people of different ages whom i call friends and with every one of them it is always a bit different. Some i do things with that i wouldn't dream of doing with another. For example one friend loves doing movie-evenings, another one hates movies. I call them both my friends.
The most important thing is that they are different just like everyone has a different mood or feeling.
For me the definition given by Morgan 3 feels to be the best one fitting: a friend is partly someone you can talk to, partly someone you can share thoughts with, someone you can share your ups and downs with and, most importantly, someone you trust. And this definition is somewhat dependent on how you yourself are feeling to whom you feel the most related. Age is not important for me.
 

Hawkerandco

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general notes: "you" in the text is a general you for readers overall, not a specific reference to yourself (except where it does apply).
This text is not meant as an attack on any person or group, just a series of observations by an adult who has gone through most of his life building successful, if often temporary, relationships with others over a broad variety of subject matter. Think of it more like a common sense guide for avoiding getting trolled by people who might post who have yet to figure out how the real world works but insist that they are right.

To be honest, the issue really comes down to the aggregate mindset of all involved. If you get to the point in a hobby where you personally are starting to feel shame about what you THINK other people might feel about the subject, it's time to do a soul search rather than a survey. The only goal of any "hobby" is ultimately to derive personal pleasure from it; if you can share this with a friend, by all means, do so; if you have to enjoy it alone in a dark room in the middle of the night where nobody will find you, DO SO; if you get the opportunity to present it to a large number of like-minded people, do so! At the end of the day, a hobby is YOUR hobby, and nobody else's business.

Think about carpenters and shipwrights who live nowhere near a body of water but still build boats and the like. Do you think a guy building a boat in Iowa is going to have a remotely practical use for that item when he's done? He will not have one on a regular basis, but if he enjoys the activity of building the object in question, its practical use and the opinions of others don't really matter. At the end of the day, whether you consider anime/manga to be a hobby or a shared activity is up to you, but make the decision that makes YOU happy.

On Age
Age itself is simultaneously a social and legal issue. To an extent, some people do look down on adult-child friendships, but there's no law banning 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or even 100 year old people from being friends with/friendly toward children. Just remember that socially there are things you can and cannot do with other people outside of your age range simply because of practical reasons or because of legitimate taboos. You don't take your 85 year old grandma to the amusement park to go on every crazy ride you can find because that is generally very bad for old people's health and bodies, but you do occasionally find an exception to this rule who can not only tolerate it, but also quite thoroughly enjoy the process.

At the same time, you can't exactly go around showing little kids or their parents "Kodomo no Jikan" or "Popotan." For some reason, showing a parent images of an anime that is centered on fanservice which itself is comprised of kindergarteners and elementary schoolers doing pantyshots has a certain social repugnance to it, especially when they find out that you want to show it to kids. In these cases, selection of the material we chose to let the public know we watch is far more important than the enjoyment of the activity. Pokemon and Yugi-oh is cool, Gundam is awesome, fighting-genre seinen stuff is generally acceptable, most shoujo you could get by with admitting that you do have a and embrace your sensitive side, but a grown man who public admits to watching magical girl anime and what I generally refer to as "creeper garbage" (see original examples) should probably refrain from interacting with children. For any reason. There is a reason I mentioned a dark room in a place where nobody will find you. Some things are highly illegal regardless of whether you enjoy them, even if you would never act on them, and it is probably going to be in your best interest to avoid letting others know you watch certain things.

On Friendships and Social Connections
Friends come and go, sad as that may seem. So do enemies. So does family. So does love. So does hate. You are the only thing in your life that is a constant, and making choices with which you can live for the rest of your life is really the best decision you can make. For issues of age, use some common sense when interacting with others. A lot of the older people I know enjoy historical stuff--if I want to get them into anime with me, I don't show them Special A or Nanoha, I get them in on stuff like Samurai 7 and historic dramas, although in most of those cases you're better off just watching NatGeo and the History Channel. Again, know your audience. When interacting with children, appeal to their interests and know YOUR subject material; if you want to get them in on a show you find interesting, try to make sure their parents wouldn't find it objectionable content-wise (in the US this usually means nudity, pantyshots, homosexuality, or uncalled for viscerality are no-nos). If you do watch creeper garbage, be aware of the fact that there are a surprisingly large number of people who can read body language, personal dress, and appearance well enough to realize that small children amuse you in ways they should not, so you should, again, probably avoid interacting with children.

Just some things to keep in mind. I get along with just about everyone from every age group, but you always have to remember that sometimes you're the friend with whom they do things, not the one choosing the activity. Most people outside of the 5-30 age cohort don't really enjoy cartoons period, regardless of which country made them or how "awesome" they are. Find another activity you can share with them.

Finally, just be yourself when it's appropriate, remember that some situations require formal decorum, most do not, but that you are typically better off acting within the norms around other people. That said, always ask probing questions or make generic statements which can be used to determine people's interests. Heck, even humming songs can be a trigger. I like to use certain mainstream phrases and songs to grab people's attention and see who can identify them. It's an obtuse method, but has a very high success rate in finding kindred spirits.

*Stuff that generally works for identifying certain groups:
Rpg players: Hum tunes to either final fantasy series or dragon quest; baldur's gate and neverwinter night music also works wonders for the American purists.
MMORPG players: wear appropriate faction insignia or generic paraphernalia. People who play always recognize their own. "For the Horde!" can pick every WoW player out of a crowd, as well, but is not recommended.
Adventure/Classic gamers: Super Mario themes or Legend of Zelda themes work wonders in this set; drumming Donkey Kong Country themes also works to an extent. Older players may also recognize Sonic the Hedgehog themes.
Racers: F-Zero. Grand Prix, etc
FPS: you don't really need to be obtuse with this group, as FPS players are mainstream more often than they are not. Your average frat boy or jock will have at least heard of Halo and/or Unreal Tournament series games in the console side. the PC group can be somewhat harder to find, but there is a large overlap in this sector.
Puzzle/Quest/Mystery Genre games: These guys are by definition solo players. You are unlikely to find them through any method excepting where you access them through other areas.
Brawlers: Much like the FPS group, a lot of this cohort is easily accessible and closer to mainstream than it isn't. Like FPS games, brawlers/fighters are easy to jump into and don't require a massive time sink/emotional investment to play.
RTS/TBS: This group is usually found through online play or through other avenues. The strategic thought put into playing these games usually puts them into the top percentiles of intellectuals anyways, so if you don't hang out with smart people or play online, don't expect to find them.
Overall, the majority of your "gamer" friends you'll either find online through playing your games or you'll meet as generic friends in real life and play a lot of FPS/Fighters with them.
 

julez

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QUOTE (warita200 @ Jan 26 2011, 10:35 AM) A certain incident in my lines of friends prompted me to put some second thoughts on this subject.
In our modern era, the age is becoming less and less of an issue, people are more free to pursue their dreams and live their lives without being forced into constrictive concepts about what is an age appropriate behaviour, what one should or shouldn't do at a certain age. If you want, you can take anime as an example. The typical anime audience is around 16 years old (and mostly male). Hence, I often felt a bit weird being a girl and by some years older than the average. But then again, who says an older person cannot enjoy anime? Is it something one must grow out of, after he turns 20? And if yes, WHY? Its not like the TV offers much of an alternative; the TV programs is getting dumber and dumber by the year..... so why not anime? I don't feel I should stop watching.
But the main idea is, why and when should you feel you are too old for your hobby, should you be ashamed of it and try to hide your age, when talking about your hobby with your friends?

Sometimes I feel weird too, that I am still into anime at 26 yrs old. Like you said a lot of fans are around the 13-16 year old range. Due to that I feel as if it is something I should grow out of, my dad thoroughly reinforces that idea.
"WHY ARE YOU STILL WATCHING JAPANESE CARTOONS AT YOUR AGE?!?!"
But still, why should I stop if I enjoy it? I will grow out of it when I feel like I can't get into it anymore, which could be soon or never.


QUOTE (Hawkerandco @ Feb 04 2011, 04:56 PM) To be honest, the issue really comes down to the aggregate mindset of all involved. If you get to the point in a hobby where you personally are starting to feel shame about what you THINK other people might feel about the subject, it's time to do a soul search rather than a survey. The only goal of any "hobby" is ultimately to derive personal pleasure from it; if you can share this with a friend, by all means, do so; if you have to enjoy it alone in a dark room in the middle of the night where nobody will find you, DO SO; if you get the opportunity to present it to a large number of like-minded people, do so! At the end of the day, a hobby is YOUR hobby, and nobody else's business.

Amen!
I agree with what you say here, but there was a time when I feel like my hobby was something I should be ashamed of and hide from new people that don't know me as well. When I would meet new people and they ask the usual question like What do you do in your free time? I would wrack my brain trying to find some socially acceptable answer, because being into anime = being a geek. However, now I accept who I am and what I like... I don't flamboyantly announce it to the world or anything, but I can admit to being an anime fan, video game nerd, tv couch potato, and whatever else (these are my usual activities
)


QUOTE (warita200 @ Jan 26 2011, 10:35 AM)This is a complex subject, but I believe that age gaps in a relationship can work, if both sides share similar attitudes to life, have the will to make the relationship work and have a mutual respect for each other. Come to think about it, this is essential for all relationships.

This, is crucial for any relationship to work. And if one person lies, about something as important as their age, then I suppose they aren't really mature or serious about having a relationship. If one is usually attracted to people outside of their age group, I think it's even more important to be upfront about their age in the beginning. If the other party can accept that and everything else about them, then there is no problem.
I never lied about my age, so I can't really say for sure why people do it. Maybe it's to relive their younger days, since especially on the internet it is really easy to fake who you are. I have met people online that I had relationships with. Due to the distance between us most of the relationship transpired online (although I have met with said individuals in person as well). And even though you are sitting infront of a computer chatting most of the time, or talking on skype (whatever) I know that you can still feel an emotional connection and there can be some intense passion in an online relationship as well. When it gets real though, usually thats when the jig is up... and the liars move on to someone else. Maybe thats all these people are looking for, who knows.

As for friends younger/older than you, well most of my friends are around my age. I can't seem to find common ground with those who are much older or younger.
Child sexual abuse has happened in my family, and although not to me personally it has made me really paranoid. So I think that if I have children someday I'd probably be very careful about who I leave them alone with.
 

InuyashaX

-Hokage
Kouhai
I'm facing similar problems regarding age myself. Although this applies online only. Usually lets say on youtube for example, you become good friends with someone and share similar interests however later on you find out that person was lieing about their age just so they can make a youtube account.

I had this happen to me twice actually where both girls who claimed they were 14 were actually 11-12. After realising this... I voluntarily decided to cut off contact with them as to me... it wouldn't be appropriate.

I mean if I found out my 10 year old future daughter had a youtube account and had a 20 year old friend, I'd be furious. So thinking from a parental perspective... it is probably wrong to be friends with people under the age of 13 whom you dont know in real life.

I do have 1 personal friend whose mabey 13 now, and its tough to have a conversation with him cause you cant relate and they tend to say/do things that may annoy you for instance. So I agree that theres a limit on how young you can friend someone whom you never met before.
 

iamdeath

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Sempai
hey well i only seen this guy who been best friend with male friend and later on he became his best mate step father.

He married 37 yr old woman or 40 yr old if memory serve around 37 to 40 yr old woman But somehow they got married in America he 13 yrs old but odd enough they have to carry wedding certificate with them.
 

dchaosblade

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QUOTE (iamdeath @ Feb 12 2011, 06:20 PM) hey well i only seen this guy who been best friend with male friend and later on he became his best mate step father.

He married 37 yr old woman or 40 yr old if memory serve around 37 to 40 yr old woman But somehow they got married in America he 13 yrs old but odd enough they have to carry wedding certificate with them.
Wait...are you saying a 13 year old married a 37-40 year old? In the United States? Cause that's neither possible nor legal here >_>
 

iamdeath

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Sempai
QUOTE (dchaosblade @ Feb 13 2011, 10:50 AM) Wait...are you saying a 13 year old married a 37-40 year old? In the United States? Cause that's neither possible nor legal here >_>
well that what i saw mate i watched this show talk show like few years back like now kid would be 19 now i guess It had these two who ages where like land crater between them what they told is they got married but had to do it in secret or something i was watching it i was like say what???

They got together with each other cause her son his best friend all i know that he mate was happy for his mum and his best friend to be his new dad i cant remember which talk show it hard to remember but it was dude was the host
 

Ranch99

-san
Kouhai
That sounds like another terrible yet titillating episode of Maury...

In my even not so conservative opinion, a 13 year old getting married in the US flags very "interesting" parenting. I'd say there better be damn good reason for a 13 yr old marrying a 40-ish yr old and it better not just be for citizenship. Would this have been even less appropriate if it was a 13 yr old girl and and 40 yr old man?

But for hobbies, maybe we should just take a page out of Ore no Imouto. Anime(A hobby) isn't as life changing (for some of us
) than marriage. Sometimes it's how the public portrays the hobby. As fellow anime lovers, we know that anime has stories/drama/action that surpass a lot of the garbage on American TV but the general public doesn't know that. Anime is sucked into the procrustean childish label of American "cartoon" which by their definition is often rudimentary humor or concepts.
 

iamdeath

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Sempai
it was maury that the one i saw it on that show
 

monsta666

-the bee's knees
Kouhai
QUOTE (dchaosblade @ Feb 13 2011, 12:50 AM)Wait...are you saying a 13 year old married a 37-40 year old?  In the United States?  Cause that's neither possible nor legal here >_>
I also thought the same but when looking at wikipedia (not the most reliable source I know) it states it is POSSIBLE to get married at 13 in the United States. In the state of New Hampshire women (not men) can marry at 13 in special cases providing they can obtain consent from their parents and the court. Men (boys?) will have to wait until 14 to get married in New Hampshire.

Other states with low marriages ages (14) are New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. In all cases parental consent is required if the person under 18 wishes to get married. For really low ages such as 14, marriage is permitted in Pennsylvania by court order if the woman is pregnant. In Texas the court may grant marriage to a 14 year old (this assumes parent consent has also been given). I believe minors in Texas who have previously been married or obtained a divorce can get married at 14. So what iamdeath said, as unbelievable as it sounds may actually be true for girls. For those curious here is the LINK I found to the information provided in this post. If I misunderstood anything please correct me.

EDIT - I also found that it is possible in Massachusetts for women to marry at 12 (men 14) if they can gain permission from their parents and courts. Marriage at 12? That is pretty scary!


EDIT 2 - Saying all that, the story does not make complete sense because despite what has been stated earlier it is only possible for a 13 year old girl (or under) to get married in the United States. As iamdeath stated, the groom (not bride) was 13 so unless he misheard the ages of the partners this story is not legally possible.
 

warita200

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Putting aside whether it is legal or not...... I would say that if the 13 years old kid doesnt have any commmon sense yet, thats to be expected, but the 40 years old women should have. I think if she is getting married to a child, she cant be possibly serious about the relationship, as it is only a matter of time until they break up.

From my previous post you can see, that I dont think the age matters that much, but there is a limit to what I consider healthy.
 

iamdeath

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Sempai
i dont know but it was on maury few yrs back kid must be 16 or 17 by now
 
To the first question about liking a hobby as you age, it all varies on the actual hobby. With that in mind let's just magnify that back to Anime.

I am 26 years old and have been into anime since I was around 13/14 ( I can't recall fully, I was around my teens for sure). Despite me always being a fan of Anime, I can honestly say my taste has change in general. I look back in my collection and see a bunch of series I either will never see again or just think are silly. One said example is Love Hina.

Love Hina was one of my favorite series back in the day. It still holds charm and some laughs but I can't seem to sit down and watch it now. Not because it's bad, but because I wasn't enjoy it as I did before. Much of my taste in Anime has altered to more serious drama, slice of life etc. I can still enjoy most anime, just not the same as I used to in the past.
 

Silendris

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I guess I would fall under the "too old" and "girl" categories.

I have watched anime since I was around 16, though as reality takes its toll it has been a bit more or less over these past 6 years. I guess you could say I have my periods of anime instead of continuously watching it over this expanse of time. I can endulge myself deeply into one or more series for a concentrated period, and then maybe go 1 or 2 years without even a notion of anime to cross my everyday life. In present time I am in one of these "periods" where I happen to have time, and interest, to endulge in the great phenomenon which is anime.

As I have grown older, life has changed. School and work has taken the best of me in its iron grip of reality. Though I have always been that kind of person who sees maturity solely as a mental state of mind. You are as old/young as you feel. I do not feel the need to grow up as fast as possible as many around me seem to be in pursuit of. I rather see upon life as to enjoy it and take your time being young and living life the way you want to as long as you are possible before succumbing into adulthood with all the responsibilities and boring, mundane, trivial dullness which unfortunately is our reality.

I am going to continue being myself as long as I am able. I have been able to live life the way I have seen fit, and I intend to continue on that path.

I suppose many would consider me old, but that matter not to me. Anime is, and have for six years been, my way of escaping reality and I tend to keep it. When I watch anime I somewhat regress to the younger girl I once was, being almost overwhelmed with the amount of cuteness, romance and wonderfull lifes which anime can portray. It just warms my heart and fills me with utter joy to watch the Love-Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama series which I so genuinely enjoy.
Nothing has made me shed as many tears of both joy and sadness, so many smiles and laughs, so many astonishing, wonderfull moments that just warms my heart to the core, as anime does. It is almost breathtaking how emotional it ever so often makes me and that is why I love it! It is a harsh, cold world out there without many a element which would bring a smile to my face. That's where anime is needed; to fill that cavity within my heart.


Though, this is the only place I'm not too embarrased to confess this interest of mine. I hope you won't make too much fun of me! ><
 
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