The Big 26

March 21, 2010

Well that’s it.  I’m no longer in my early 20’s.  As someone who has pretty much built and maintained a personality based around being young, that statement is pretty jarring.  I was always the last person in my group of friends to do everything because I was the youngest.  Last to get his driver’s license, last to turn 21, etc.  As a result, it has always been a bit of a safety net for me.  I never had to really step up to do anything because the fact that I was doing whatever it was that I was doing always seemed satisfactory because I was so young.  For example, 4 years ago when I started working at my day job, I was the youngest person in the department by far.  Consequentially, the fact that I wasn’t a total screw-up seemed like it was impressive.  Whenever I did make mistakes the thought was “Yeah, but he’s so young; he’s bound to make a few mistakes.”

Well that time is over.  I can’t keep clinging on to that personality because life itself is always getting older and if I don’t get older with it, I’ll be outgrown and over-shadowed in a big way.

When my dad was 26 he was already married for 2 years.  When my grandpa was 26 he had already been into and out of World War II.  I’m 26 and I still have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster hanging in my room.  That puts it into perspective a little bit.  That’s not to say that I can’t still have fun.  But my leisure time shouldn’t be my only focus.  It’s time to start hustling.  I’ve got to start doing big things because I’m a man now.  Here is some evidence:

I have to shave like once every two days.

I wear a watch.

I carry a day-planner.

I can change a tire.

That’s a good start, isn’t it?

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One day, I’m going to run for and win the Presidency of the United States with my stance on one issue and one issue alone.  “People of America,” I’ll say on my first political commercial.  “If I am elected President, I promise to abolish and make illegal the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’.”  It will be a landslide.

However, with birthday’s you do tend to be thankful for the people who are close to you.  As nice as it is to have Facebook friends, it will never ever be a substitute for the real people in your life.  They’re the ones who actually make an effort to be with you.  And they are the ones willing to sing that awful song to you because you mean something to them.

I’m so thankful for that.

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