16, 18, 21, 25, 30, and then there’s 50, these are the ages of significant birthdays in the eyes of society. For my sweet sixteen, I had the best time with my girls. For my 18th birthday I was thrown a surprise party. For my 21st birthday, I can’t remember anything for the life of me (which says a ton). Now I’m here at good ole’ quarter century, 25 and I want something a bit different for my birthday. The club is out of the question—I’ve done enough of that without a call to celebrate. Throwing a party is a no—it’s just so cliché. Dinner with friends, that’s a hell no—even more cliché. Instead of something big, I want to do something significant not significant for the world but for me. So what was the first resource I used to brainstorm ideas? Google of course. Google knows all, sees all, and is all. I found a bunch of different things: go down memory lane with family & friends, throw a theme party, celebrate every quarter of the hour (that’s the absolute most) and then I found make a list of 25 things you really want to do and get that ish done (that was the gist). This sounded perfect. A bucket list to complete before my 25th birthday. It got me thinking about the kind of things I wanted to put on the list. Things I haven’t tried before, things I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t because of various reasons—scared, prideful, not enough time etc.
It shouldn’t take an event like a birthday, a death, a break-up, a broken friendship, a holiday, or a horrible argument to reflect on the things that are most significant to you, but sometimes it does. Sometimes we need a reminder that the time on this Earth is not forever, that the people in our lives shouldn’t be taken for granted, that the opportunities and blessings we get each day shouldn’t be downsized….that life should be cherished and filled with all the meaningful moments it can take until it overflows. No matter if it’s catching a movie by yourself, going somewhere you’ve never been, or trying something you’ve never tried, each day should focus on what’s utterly important to thy self and less on what friends want to do or what family thinks you ought to do. It shouldn’t have taken me a significant birthday, but I know it is never too late to start writing the story of our own life. I hope this serves as a reminder to do the same.
**Check back in 2 weeks to see what I’ve knocked off my list. It should be interesting ;-)**