Well, here it is. Finally. In a few short hours, I will reach 21 years of age, a milestone of young adulthood, yet I feel no different than I did on my twentieth birthday, nor my nineteenth. On my 18th birthday, which is supposed to mark adulthood, I registered to vote and bought a scratch ticket (didn’t win anything, obviously). Last year, I hated turning 20 because my age no longer carried the naiveté of a teenager, yet I still couldn’t legally buy a bottle of champagne. And tomorrow I will be 21, an insignificant birthday here in Amsterdam where the drinking age is 18.
Anyway, I thought I would share with you 21 things I have learned in my humble 21 years of life. There are still many places to travel and countless adventures to be had, but I could not be any more blessed. HBD 2 me.
1. Nobody will ever love you as much as your parents do.
2. Small talk is a waste of time.
3. So is straightening your hair.
4. When in doubt, have a cup of coffee.
5. People who don’t laugh at your jokes aren’t your friends.
6. Make friends with the bartender.
7. Men’s deodorant > women’s deodorant.
8. The only guy you can trust is your dad.
9. It’s impossible to wash cigarette smoke out of your hair.
10. There’s a reason why three-buck-chuck is only $3.
11. Don’t bleach your hair when you’re 13.
12. Don’t bleach your hair when you’re 20.
13. Money doesn’t make the world go round.
14. ALWAYS have dessert.
15. Instagram as much as you want.
16. Meditate everyday.
17. Haircuts aren’t worth crying about.
18. Neither are boys.
19. You can never have enough shoes. (Sorry, mom)
20. Find the right shade of lipstick.
21. There is no better friend than a sister.