1. Your age is constantly brought into question
People always think you’re lying about how old you are. Because obviously trying to sneak into an R-rated movie was really my game plan for this Saturday night. Nahhhh, come on! How old are you reaaallly? And the never ending battle: Yes, cashier at Safeway, that is my real ID and I am old enough to purchase this bottle of wine. DO NOT DENY ME THIS!
2. You’re always seen as “cute”
Like a puppy or a kid in a Google commercial. And listen, I’m not trying to humble-brag here and say, “ughhh, my life is so difficult because people think I’m ADORABLE!” – but real talk, when you have a baby-face people think of you as a child. I’M NOT A BABY. I’M NOT! I AM GROWN! *slams fists on the ground and cries hysterically*
3. You aren’t taken as seriously
Okay, so maybe you put on a suit and look like you’re playing dress up, but guess what? This is secretly to your advantage. Someone doubting you? BOOM, SUDDEN NINJA – I HAD YOU FOOLED. As you climb to the top, sit back and enjoy the look of surprise spreading across the faces of those you just surpassed.
4. You have to be careful when getting bangs
Because you might end up looking like this:
5. People always assume you’re the youngest
If you’re the oldest sibling that isn’t what the world is going to see. Basically you could be hanging out with a group of middle schoolers and someone doesn’t think you look out of place. You can blend into a sea of teenagers far past your graduation…college graduation.
6. “You’re going to be grateful when you’re in your 40s!”
This is the follow up people exclaim after telling you how young you look. Yeah, this might be true. Great. Fantastic. Can’t wait. But in the meantime, can you stop telling me I look like I’m 14? Thank you.
7. You worry people will think your significant other is kidnapping you
This is my boyfriend. We are the same age. Do not call the cops, I’m fine.
8. Retail workers semi-ignore you
I worked retail, and I wouldn’t have ever done this, but I get it. A lot of teenagers come in, mess around, and don’t buy anything. But if you have a baby-face, you get unfairly categorized. Please approach me! I might want to buy something. With my actual money.
9. Underage kids will hit on you
“Aye girl!” – says the backpack-wearing kid passing by. True story, I was once followed around a Halloween store by this boy and when he approached me and asked my name and number, I told him, “I think I’m a little old for you.” I was 20. He was 14.