So apparently people remain people as they get older. Who woulda thunk?
As a former youth and someone who wouldn’t quite call themselves a well-aged adult yet, it’s really strange. You’re still sort of used to looking at older people like you did when you were younger, authority figures and other hard to relate to figures. Suddenly, though, there’s a bunch of people in your life in that age range you interact closely with, and they’re… sort of just like you?
This shouldn’t be a revelation, it’s not big news, but you’re suddenly standing on “equal footing” with them, in more or less the same position. They’re now as much your peers as your fellow end-of-youth are, despite still being much older than you. And for some reason, that takes some getting used to. It shouldn’t, but it does.
Social group composition is strange like that sometimes.