I have a confession to make. I don’t like birthdays. I’ve never liked them. My mom says I cried when I turned 10 because I was going to be “double digits.” I was a bizarre– yet super fun– child.
Well, I turned 28 this week. Since, having a birthday is waaayyyy better than the opposite (ahem dying), I’m officially turning off my birthday hatred. This week, I’m one year older. So, here’s my list of great things about getting older.
1. You get more candles on your birthday cake. Who doesn’t like more fire?!
2. You still have a few years before you’re considered an “adult.” “Adult” is a moving target. I used to think people who were 18 were ancient. Now, I don’t think I have to be an “adult” until I’m 30. However, when I turn 30, I’m planning on saying I’m not an “adult” until I’m 40. I plan to repeat this process until I’m 90. When I’m 100 I will officially HAVE to consider myself and adult.
3. You have so much to look forward to! And, so many embarrassing memories to forget.
4. For four months I’m older than my husband, so I get to say things like, “you’ll understand when you’re older.”
5. I have conquered 27, also know as your “Rockstar Year.” Also known as the year many rock and rollers die suddenly. Whew, I’m glad that’s over.
6. You are no longer the person at work who “just graduated college.” Now you’re a full fleged employee. Feel free to spew great, innovative ideas everywhere!
7. You’re finally figuring out how *not* to overdraft your bank account. Full disclosure, my husband and I took “overdraft protection” off our checking account. Now we just get denied if we run out of money. Take that crazy fees!
8. You’re figuring out what you want to do with your life, but you’re not quite there yet. Maybe next year?
9. You’ve figured out what you want in a partner– even if you haven’t found it yet.
10. You run into college students, and you say, “they look like babies, little drunken babies!”
11. You have a after work routine– and you like it. Netflix night, anyone?
12. You’ve stopped shopping at Forever 21 (is that just me?).
13. You’re only watching stuff on MTV that you know from high school. Real World is okay. Everything else, you think, “what is this?” Except for Teen Mom, which trumps all.
14. Coffee isn’t just a delicious drink. It is a necessity. Like water. Except better.
15. You used to have a million friends, but by now you’ve started weeding out the weaklings. It’s like The Hunger Games– but for friends– may the odds be ever in your favor.
16. Your surrounded by babies. “Making it rain,” has nothing to do with throwing money around in a club. It’s about baby showers. They’re everywhere, and they’re the best reunions ever.
17. You realize making a list of 28 things great things about getting older is taking a while… a long while.
18. You get to try out a bunch of new hobbies, because the ones you were interested in during your early 20s make you want to vomit. No, I don’t want to “go out” tonight. Yes, I do want to make crafts and have a glass of wine!
19. Your parents become cool! It’s like they’re your older, fun friends. (you’re welcome mom!)
20. Your family has completely transformed. Who are all these new in-law people? Let’s party! Wait, didn’t you read #18? Let’s just make crafts together!
21. You depend on your high school/college family members to learn about new social media apps. Luckily, you’re not too old to jump on! Anyone want to Snap Chat?!
22. You’ve probably gone through something hard by now. Death of a close family member? Failure at work? Lost love? Complete breakdown? Now you know you can handle anything! Bring it on.
23. You actually have money to take vacations! You don’t even have to share a hotel room with 100 other people!
24. You realize dogs get better with age. Way better!
25. You’re friends start getting new jobs and spread out across the country, so you have tons of excuses to go visit them. You’re just being a good friend, right?!
26. You finally have a little control over your hair. Not every day, but some days.
27. You might not know what your “dream job” is yet, but you know what your “dream job” isn’t.
28. You’re finally embracing your birthday. Now you can make really cool lists about how great it is!
Do you agree with any of these? Did I leave anything out?