Twenty One



This past week was Spring Break which was mostly spent watching obscene amounts of Netflix and thinking. Way too much thinking.
Most of the thinking came up with questions I had no idea the answers too, but I there was one question, that with a little bit of exploring, I came to find the answer to.

I turn twenty one in two hours.

The only things that really change are that I can now legally drink and that I can have a horizontal driver’s license. Nothing too major, but that drinking bit? Yeah, that used to be a big deal to me, but after all that thinking I’ve come to realize what exactly I was excited about.

The choice to make a decision for myself.
The ability to legally drink.
The opportunity.

Now that I have the choice, I don’t really want to drink. It just doesn’t really interest me. It’s not that I have a problem with drinking or with people who drink, but I don’t think it’s something that’s for me.

It’s just nice getting to a point in life where it’s like someone says “Okay, you have enough experience to make this important decision by yourself. Have at it!”

And maybe that’s what being an adult is;
Having all these opportunities available to you, but needing to make the right decision, the adult decision, of what’s best for you. Of what you can identify with and maybe of what helps define you.

Maybe part of this whole ‘growing-up’ thing’ is realizing that the decisions made hold importance; even the little ones. Maybe in the end it’s less about the actual opportunities that come with adulthood and more about the decisions. The decisions that seemed impossible to make, but by being ‘adult’ enough you somehow ended up making them. I think maybe that’s where the true journey lies, in the decisions and what those decisions will lead you to in the end.

Goodbye twenty.
Hello twenty one.





8 comments

  1. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATIE, MY BESTEST BLOGGING FRIEND EVER! And yes, HELLO TWENTY-ONE! 21 is a big deal.

    Like you, I pretty much felt the exact same way on my 21st. Also, I'm not much of a drinker either. (Funny story: I ordered a margarita just last month and took only one sip and left it because I didn't like the taste of the alcohol. I bought a slushie instead! haha And I also prefer Nutella hangovers over the alcohol kind. Because obviously.)

    Oh, and don't think I've forgotten about the second part of your gift! I'm going to TLA in a few weeks so I've been waiting till then to get you something awesome and bookish there. Expect it mid-April. ;)

    Have a GREAT one, Katie! Enjoy your day!!! <3

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    1. AWWW you're the absolute best, Briana! Thank you so much!! <3 :D

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  2. Happy birthday! As Briana mentioned, you are not allowed in your choice not to drink. I've never been a big drinker. That's not to say I don't enjoy having a margarita when I go to dinner with friends, or a glass of wine with dinner when I'm at home, but it's not something I do every day, and I don't push my limits. I used to feel bad about the fact that I'm not big on drinking, especially when I saw other people my age going to parties and getting drunk every week, but the older I get, the more I realize that it's okay not to be a big drinker. I think you really hit the nail on the head with the idea that being an adult is being aware of all the choices you can make and making the choice to do what is best for you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Kelly. I like what you said about not pushing your limits and realizing it's okay not to be a big drinker. I think if later on I do decide to drink more I definitely need to keep that in mind! Thank you!

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  3. Awww happy birthday!!!!! 21 is a big one.

    I find I like to drink but never to overdue it. You should go out and get a big delicious strawberry daiquiri with your mom.

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    1. Aw thanks Juju! :D
      I totally will! I love strawberries! :)

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