I have always felt younger than my age.
And not in the "I have as much energy as a 10 year old and the skin of a 6 year old" type of younger.
But in a "everyone in this room seems so much older, wiser, and more put together than me" kind of way.
I get in a group of people and I feel like the kid who normally sits at the children's table in the other room who has, just this once, been allowed to sit with the grown-ups.
I don't feel like a "grown-up."
When I'm at the hospital, I feel that the interns, the residents, the attendings, and even other medical students were more experienced that I was. Not just at medicine, but at life. That their instincts and insight were better.
When I'm out socially, I feel that my friends have more interesting experiences and more maturity that I do.
Feeling like this irritates me. After all, I'm in my late 20s, not in my teens. I have two kids (who I think are turning out quite well.) I have a wonderful, incredibly successful marriage. I'm a freaking doctor!
Why do I feel younger, less experienced, less qualified than everyone else in the room?
Maybe I skipped part of my childhood. Jumping from playing house to running house too soon. I worked hard through out high school, college, and medical school. Maybe too much work and not enough play didn't give me a chance to notice myself growing up.
Childhood passed so quickly, maybe I never go the chance to feel myself move through it into adulthood.
Maybe it's just all poor coping skills.
I think, next dinner party, I'll just go ahead and ask for a seat at the kids table. It's not too late.