Maybe it's because as we get older birthdays in general cause you to freak out a little.
Birthdays, they seem to get old as you get older.
Take it from Joey Tribbiani...
As some people said:
"The big 2-5!"
"You're a quarter of a century old!"
And my favorite, "You're closer to 30 now!"
This year’s birthday was not like any other birthday before. I didn't want to make plans, I didn't want to blow out all those candles. I was the Ebenezer Scrooge of birthdays really.
The "quarterly life crisis" thing, maybe it sounds ridiculous and dramatic. But it was (and still kind of is) my reality. Now, here I sit, 6 months into being 25. Which also means there are 25 days left until the end of another calendar year. Crazy right? Seriously, where the hell does time get sucked away to?
There are many many things I wanted to have done and achieved by this milestone of a birthday. The fact that I let many of them slip through the cracks led me to think I wasn’t allowed to celebrate my birthday with a night out with tequila or champagne a-flowing.
As unexcited about my birthday as I was this year, I now see it as a wake up call I needed.
First, so what if some of the items haven’t been checked off - like traveling to Europe or saving up to buy a place. I've experienced some unreal, exciting, unexpected moments. You have to realize, it’s important to look back on all the fun, memories, and accomplishments that have happened and be grateful for them. What if those times hadn’t happened at all? When time is taken away so easily, when time is so precious, why spend that time being so hard on yourself?
Second, thanks to a swift kick in the ass or two, I have never been more awake in my life. My tunnel vision narrowed in and on point. If I want to travel more, build my business, give my mom and family more of what they deserve, work on all my passion projects - nothing and no one can stand in the way. There is no better time than now. And while I'm at it, I’ll also throw in this quote: “There’s no better time than the present!”
So even though it's unbelievable that we're coming up on another Holiday season and the new year of 2016, I say BRING IT. All the many more experiences, the challenges and the good times.
To those who have turned 25 and those who have yet to.