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On Turning 25

January 21, 2012

For my 25th birthday, I decided to throw a sort of Choose Your Own Adventure style celebration. Along with the customary dinner and drinks, I want to do something special this year, something meaningful. And so the Random Acts of Kindness celebration emerged. I originally came across this idea from a blog called So Wonderful So Marvelous and was so enamored with the idea of turning a day that is typically all about ME into something that was about celebrating community and giving back. These random(ish) acts of kindness were born from SWSM and a collection of other websites—This is a sneak peak of what I threw together for the poster invitations:

I suppose I spent so much time this week  up lavish celebration ideas that I haven’t had a whole lot of time to really think about what it means to be (almost) solidly in my mid twenties. I remember being in highschool and meeting my friend’s 20-something siblings and thinking “Wow, they have really arrived. Look how awesome their life is”. Of course, in my 17 year old brain, I didn’t realize how much work goes into making your life awesome. Or how many failed attempts one might have before achieving awesomeness. Or how mundane the awesomeness really is. I can look back on my last five years, the ups and downs, the stack of bills to pay, the occasional bounced check, landlord squabbles, taxes, car maintenance, meal planning, budgeting, work deadlines, long-term relationships, etc etc and feel that sense of “Oh shit, I’m an adult” really start to sink in. But then I also still find it fashionable and acceptable to wear sunglasses as a headband,  jeans and t-shirts are still my favorite uniform, I still have break outs (ok, seriously when is that going to stop?), I still eat dinner in front on my computer while sitting on the couch (and sometimes said dinner consists of cereal and chocolate chip cookies)… I suppose that’s what your 20s are about though–walking that thin line between responsibility and absurdity and searching. I think most developmental theorists can agree this is the stage of relationships and work. Or work and relationships, depending on your priorities.
I came across a great post from Doctor Quack on the marvels of this generation and all the things they never told us about being in our 20s. Check it out.
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