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What I Have in Common with NAFTA and the X-Files: Or Happy Birthday to Me!

 Written by    June 11, 2013

Birthdays are supposed to be fun right? Especially at this time in my life when there are so many exciting ones (16, 18, 21).  However for the first time in my life my feelings are a bit murky about the birthday I’m approaching this Thursday.

I am no longer a teenager as I hit the big 2-0 this week.  I know, this really isn’t that old.  I have a late birthday and tend to always be the baby of the group so most of my friends see twenty as old news.  Plus, as everyone reminds me, it’s one step closer to 21.

But what if 21 is the last birthday that’s really allowed to be fun? I don’t really see myself throwing a huge party when I turn 27, for example.  And what if I’m supposed to have it all figured out by now? Twenty is adult. I should know things by now. I should be responsible and independent.  Looks like I have a few days to figure that all out.

I think my twenties are going to just be a grown up version of all of the problems I had as a teenager.  At sixteen I was asking who am I, what is my place in this world? At 22 when I leave OSU with a degree it will be who am I, and how can I use this piece of paper to pay the rent that’s due?

I’m a little bit afraid of being an adult, if you haven’t figured that out yet.  It sounds very clichéd, but I really do feel like freshman year of high school was last week.  Newsflash: it was almost six years ago. Slow down world.

Plus there’s all the pressure of my twenties as an exciting decade.  I’m pretty sure that, or at least from what I’ve garnered from movies and television, my twenties are supposed to be brilliant.  I don’t feel as if I’ve properly prepared.

Really though, I can’t make time slow down.  I’m going to turn 20 this week whether I want to or not.  So I guess it’s time to embrace it.  There’s gotta be some perks.  When I tell someone I’m 20 they will probably take me pretty seriously.  And I mean I’m still in college.  I will wait until I’m 25 to freak out (or maybe 30).


In honor of my birth, and to add some light heartedness to this blog post, here’s a list of twenty things that, like me, are now two decades old (or will be by the end of the year):

  1. One of my favorite movies, Dazed and Confused.
  2. NAFTA
  3. Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Schindler’s List
  4. Nirvana’s In Utero
  5. The Pentium processor
  6. Multiple members of One Direction
  7. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  8. The beginning of the Clinton presidency
  9. The X-Files
  10. Boy Meets World
  11. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston hitting the top of the charts
  12. Waco, TX
  13. The Holocaust Museum
  14. The last broadcast of Cheers
  15. The Indians’ last game at Cleveland Stadium
  16. Nelson Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize
  17. The anniversary of the death of River Phoenix, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Zappa, Audrey Hepburn, Thurgood Marshall, and William Golding
  18. World Trade Center bombings
  19. The Sandlot and Groundhog Day
  20. Kids who went to kindergarten in 1998

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One Response

  1. Leslie says:

    20 years is a wonderful age! You are old enough to know what you want in life and how to get it. You feel like a high-school freshman and this is great! You are still very young compared to all the years you have ahead.

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