Then you turn 22. Nothing happens. In fact, you’re one step closer to having to live life in the real world. Nothing climatic.
At least that’s what people tell me.
On the Friday before my 22nd birthday, I was blessed to have a loving family come from Huntsville and meet me in Birmingham. That’s an hour and a half drive. We had a nice fancy dinner and chatted the night away. Fun. Loving. Simple.
Then, instead of being pressured to go out so I can party the night away as I turn 22, I sat in my room and watched “Breaking Bad” with Cadence. Plus, I got a call from my brother, Miguel, at midnight and then another call from my parents at 12:10 greeting me “Happy Birthday!”
Finally, the sun rose to a beautiful Sunday morning; it was my birthday. I ate brunch with Cadence at Broken Egg Café and played paintball with her, Miguel, Zac and a handful of Miguel’s friends. Then I ended the night by having a double date dinner with Miguel and his girlfriend at Hibachi.
Since my birthday ended, it has been such a stressful week. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on my midterms, and as for most seniors, I am freaking out about the future. I am worried that my low media law exams will truly destroy my vision of the ideal future and my chances of getting that red graduation cap (given to those with a perfect 4.0 GPA). Maybe it will ultimately affect my job opportunities.
I was worried about the future.
Writing this blog and thinking about the present has been the most relaxing thing that I’ve done all week. It made me realize that life is too short. I can’t spend the rest of my life worrying about an exam I took one day in college. Life will move on. Yes, I will still strive for perfection, but it shouldn’t take a toll on me. Stress is good. It keeps us on our feet. But there is a point where we need to take a step back and enjoy life. What's the point in being successful if you can’t enjoy it?
How does this relate to my birthday? Well, I have lived 22 years of my life. I have lived always worrying about tomorrow, as most of us are. It’s nice to take a step back and appreciate life. My 22nd birthday showed me how luck of a person I am. I have a loving family, a great girlfriend and a wonderful life ahead of me. So why stress over everything? Why should I look forward to that next big birthday landmark when I can be enjoying today?
My life is a fourth over.
Or I can see that my life is only a fourth lived, and I have three-fourths of it left to live.
Live life and breathe in the air once in a while.