This is gonna be a short post.
When I was younger, I was introduced to the song Twenty-One by Corey Smith. I used to sit outside staring at the stars while listening to it, thinking over the lyrics of a man who spent his whole life wanting to be twenty-one. First, he wanted to be older to reach twenty-one, then he wanted to be younger. My take-away from the song was this: Enjoy your life, and enjoy the journey. Don’t rush to grow up because once you do you’ll wish you were younger again. Live every moment or else when you’re older you’ll feel regret and wish for the time back. This might sound silly but this song really changed the way I viewed my life and getting older. I decided I was going to enjoy every step of this journey we call life.
That being said, turning twenty-one? It was lit. Plain and simple, it was one of the most memorable weeks of my life. My family and friends went above and beyond to make sure I had the best day possible, despite the party being held at my house rather than going out to bars. Honestly, it was everything I could have imagined for my birthday and more.
Then, of course, comes my lovely oldest sister’s birthday the day after mine. It was so cool to finally be able to go out with her to celebrate her birthday. Hard to complain about being able to be with the people you love on their big day. There was, however, one thing missing. My other sister Grace did not get to come out to either of our parties, not because she didn’t want to but because she is a mother of two small children and has responsibilities. So, we planned a brunch for that Saturday at Toast On Market. I loved being able to share a Mimosa with my sister and my mom. We had a great day together and that pretty much wrapped up my birthday.
So, now what? Ultimately, not much has changed. I can buy a drink when I go out to each which is nice and kinda fun, I can go to a bar for an IU basketball game, I can buy alcohol from a store – but with the exception of a few, I am the oldest of all my friends so I’ll be doing all these things alone. For me, turning twenty-one was nice, but until all my people get here with me it’s no big thing.
Still, just like the song taught me, I am going to enjoy this time of my life.