Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up, and don’t have any thoughts as to what the date is? Either you don’t care to know, or you just don’t know in general. That was me this morning. Waking up to my peaceful room, and just laying there in those few moments before I grab my phone. I would normally plan to scroll through Instagram, check my Twitter, and Snapchat. Maybe even Facebook if I wasn’t really wanting to get up anytime soon.
Is turning 20 that big of a deal?
However, for once in my life on my birthday, I managed to actually remember that 20 years ago today my life begun. Two whole decades have gone by, and here I am. Many of the birthday’s I’ve had seemed like a much bigger deal than the one today. For example, 13, I became a teenager, 15, I could get my learners permit, 16, I could actually drive, 18, becoming an adult. And so on. This morning when I remembered that it was my birthday, it got me thinking. Is turning 20 that big of a deal?
My answer is yes. Sure, you don’t really get to say you can legally do this and that. Because 18 and 21 are the magic ages where you can legally start doing things you couldn’t before. But you are celebrating making it another decade on this beautiful planet. You are celebrating the fact that you no longer classify as a teenager. Both things are big accomplishments in life.
No longer being called a teenager is a big enough celebration on it’s own. Yes, what is this difference between now and yesterday? I’m still the same person, just another day older. The difference is, I believe after two full years of college, and starting on a third, is that my ideas have changed. The sad part is that when older adults think of teens, they think immature. Something that is increasingly bothering to someone who has had to grow up a lot earlier than most teenagers out there. Yes, it may not be a big deal to some, and some actually don’t mature until a lot later in life. But for those of us who started early, no longer being classified as a teenager is a big deal.
Most importantly, celebrate your life. Living two decades for me is one of the happiest thoughts I could have. People I went to school with didn’t get to make it to twenty before their life was ended. There are children who don’t even make it to being a teenager. Be greatful for the life you have, and celebrate that you’ve made it so far. Your life may not be perfect, but remember that you are living it.
Live your life to the fullest friends. My question of the day for you all:
How do you plan to celebrate your next year on earth?
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