Quarter-Life Considerations

My 25th birthday is a month from today.
I officially have one month left of my early twenties. 
It’s really made me think about what’s what.

Normally I freak out right around my birthday, and I should be right on schedule for a total melt down about the big quarter century, but as of right now, it’s not happening. For some reason I’m not (currently) freaking out. I’m realizing that I’m actually kind of enjoying getting older. Lots of cool things are happening. I’m making better decisions, I’m kind of  getting my shit together… At least some semblance of a vague couple year plan… and I’m really enjoying the ride. 

SO much happens between 20 and 25. Seriously. It’s bananas. 
At 20 I was wandering aimlessly through a sea of strangers at a big state school, referring to myself as a 20 year old spinster, and having NO clue of what I was doing with my life. NOW I’ve graduated from a big state school, am referring to myself as a 25 year old half of a couple, and have KIND OF a VAGUE idea of what I’m doing with my life!

If that’s not progress, you tell me what is…. 

I’ve learned a lot over the last 5 years…
Aside from that whole college degree thing, I’ve learned a lot about the world. And people. And Brazilian waxes. And how to fuck up your credit…
I’ve learned that Long Island Ice Teas are almost always a bad idea, and that buying a box of saltines and jar of peanut butter does not count as meal planning. I’ve learned that there is SO much more to coffee than frappacinos and that if you expect a certain reaction from someone, you’re often disappointed. I’ve learned that if you don’t ask, the answer is no, and that Las Vegas buffets can be super sketchy. Actually, a lot about Vegas is super sketchy.

This is me at 20 …presumably after a few Long Island ice teas…
This is me now …during a few beers…clearly I’ve grown and matured…

Sure, I have multiple weekly freakouts that I’m not doing enough, or that I’m behind the game. People like Lena Dunham, and that girl I went to college with who’s in the Olympics make me feel both inspired and super under-accomplished. And, there’s the little fact that in the last 6 months I have found FOUR grey hairs. But we’re just gonna ignore that for now…

I think 25 is gonna be a good year.


2 thoughts on “Quarter-Life Considerations

  1. Anonymous

    love it! A bunch of my friends freaked for 25, but it seemed like nothing to me…but then came 26…just wait till you're over the halfway mark of your 20s, as in closer to 30 than to 20! That's when the freak outs REALLY get interesting 🙂 But don't worry too much, your cuz Scarlett (aka the hella older and sort of wiser one with a heck of a lot more than 4 measly grey hairs) will be there to man your back for you 🙂


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