Why is it that our biggest fear in life is that we’re turning into our mothers? They’re the women who raised us, nurtured us and guided us through everything we know about life. They were there for us when puberty turned us ugly and hostile, they stood by when we resented their very beings, and didn’t hold anything against us when we came out on the other side.
We forget that they once used to be young women with ambitions, dreams and flaws. They were once young girls just like we are, without a care in the world. They broke the rules, experimented and had their fair share of heartbreak. They’ve experienced the ups and downs of life until they gave it all up, for us.
Suddenly they became parents, and as we got older: the enemy. They were the constant nagging force keeping us from all those crazy “fun” things in high school that we look back and thank God they didn’t let us do. Now you find yourself getting older, breaking far away from the family nest.
You are alone, driven, making a name for yourself. You are an independent, thriving woman; yet, why do you keep seeing so much of your mother in yourself?
You shrug off the first few warnings, thinking it’s just paranoia. You brush off the comments when people say you look like her. You ignore the first few signs, thinking they are just coincidences. There will come a time when you can no longer fight the inevitable.
There will be too many signs, too many coincidences, too many similarities. Maybe it’s genetics. Maybe we’re just getting older. Maybe the world is about to end. Whatever the reason, it’s inevitable and you must accept that it’s not just going to happen, it’s happening right now. If you don’t believe us, here are the 15 signs you’re turning into your mother:
You Get Drunk Off Wine
It’s that second glass that always puts you over the edge. But what harm’s a little cockie now and then?
You’re Overly Critical
You’re not trying to be mean, you just don’t want them to make the same mistakes you did.
You Buy Hanes Underwear Because It’s A Better Deal
Who’s looking at your underwear anyways? In this economy, fancy panties are a luxury.
You Find Grinding Distasteful
Who says “the shopping cart” is out of style? Dancing is supposed to be about freedom of expression.
You Shop In Bulk For Fear Of Storms That Aren’t Coming
You heard it’s going to rain, God forbid there isn’t enough tuna in the house.
You Find Yourself Going Home At Four Because You Want Dinner Ready By Six
What are we, Europeans? Early dinner, early to bed.
You Think Someone Died Whenever The Phone Rings
Your heart can’t take anymore stress these days. Don’t people know to just text past 9 pm?
You Take Sports Like Tennis Seriously
It’s not just tennis, it’s the only thing you have in your life.
You Watch ABC Dramas
Unrealistic cop shows with a hot private investigator and predictable story lines are the only thing to live for anymore.
You Make Corny Jokes
Why does no one think I’m funny? I think I’m hilarious.
You Complain About Running Errands
Suddenly the three stores you need to go to today seem a feat comparable to climbing Everest. It’s just too much.
You Have Tissues In Your Purse
Where did they all come from? Why do I have so many? Does anyone need a tissue?
You’re Constantly Forwarding Mass Chain Emails
But it’s a puppy sitting in a tire! How can I not send it to everyone I love?
You Sign Your Texts And Facebook Posts
Just in case you don’t see my name at the top of the post.
You’re Suddenly Attracted To Talbots Or Ann Taylor
Why is that blazer with shoulder pads looking rather sexy?
You Get Overwhelmed Easily
Everything is just so stressful. You need a vacation.
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