For those of you who did not know, I turned 21 years of age this past Wednesday… also known as becoming a “real adult!”
Everyone has always told me that your 21st birthday is the best. Apparently, you are finally allowed to drink legally! Now, I am not all into massive birthday celebrations and that type of attention. So naturally, when people at work found out about this exciting milestone I was asked about 21 times (pun intended) what bar I was going to celebrate at; I didn’t have an answer. Honestly, by the end of my day, I hadn’t even drunk anything other than coffee. My day started at 5:00 AM, when I woke up and on my way to our quarterly meeting made a coffee run for the office which led to a busy day ending at 8:30 PM when I got home after training, I am currently doing for work. I felt bad because I barely had time to even respond to the missed calls I had from my family (thank you all for the love you give me). However, Jeremy did surprise me with tons of mint chocolatey things and a fridge full of High Brew Coffees (my fuel for the week); The smile that found it self on my face made the long day a whole lot better!
Now that we have caught up on my birthday, I think my reasoning behind not being excited as mainstream media portrays turning 21 was that I don’t feel like I’m only 21 years old. With so many things that have happened in my life and at such a young age, I’m just not really in the clique “Party/Club” mindset, Yet I find myself in the late 20’s early 30’s mentality of, “let’s settle down and build a life here.” For example, (with the exception of my best friend) I’ve always been able to make friends and carry on conversations with adults 10-20+ years older than me compared to my peers. I’ve always joked that I, “don’t identify as a millennial” mainly because the majority of things these millennial adults in my generation do just confuse or annoy me. So when I was allowed to drink “according to the law,” to me what it meant was that even though I’ve already done all this adult jazz and made it so far, I was still a child in the eyes of the majority the United States’ citizens. Please, don’t call me “just a baby” because I’m only just 21, if only they knew what I’d experienced in my lifetime already.
To those wondering, yes I have drunk “real” drinks since. Nothing like making a drinking game out of one of your favorite movies (Pitch Perfect) and yes, I went to my first bar after my husband treated my best friend and me to “Frozen” on Broadway (future blog post?? We shall see…) this past weekend.
I always just find it funny how the Lord works in everyone’s lives differently! For me, I grew up fast and jumped over the young adult stage. I don’t regret anything in my past because all the amazing things that have come out of every hardship. I ask myself so often, “why would I want to change any of the gifts that God has given me?” I am one lucky 21-year-old woman!