Since my 19th, birthdays are usually spent going "Omg, how did I get this old? Omg, I'm [insert age here] and have nothing to show for my time! How did this happen?!"
Yes, I realize I'm a bit young for panic about my age. Most people who hear these laments roll their eyes at them. Sorry. I can't help it. Having a girlfriend a month older than me who freaks about her birthday usually helps inspire some of the panic. Even as I'm comforting her, I'm freaking out because my birthday is just a month away and everything she's saying is TRUE!! AHHH!! Deep breath.
This year, I'm not feeling the panic. I'm not sure why. I'm broke (Do you know how long it takes to get a royalty check?). My job just took a summer break (I substitute teach for a local school) but unfortunately my student loans didn't. I'm enrolled to start back to school in July for my teaching certification and I'm nervous as all get out. Renaissance Literature and Survey of European Literature were probably not the wisest courses to leap back into school with. Eck.
Still, I'm not feeling the birthday panic. This year has been packed with awesome adventures and milestones. Since my last birthday, I have...
Finished up a Graduate Certificate in Child Forensic Psychology. I have no
idea what I want to be when I grow up. : )
Built my home with my own two hands. I have pictures of me in a toolbelt
to prove it!
Driven the ten hour trip to Toledo, Ohio to visit Prince Charming
numerous times. This qualifies as an adventure. My mother has tagged
along several times and she isn't particularly thrilled with my awesome
driving skills in the dark or the rain. And, it rains every freaking trip.
Hosted my first Christmas Dinner in my own home. I also cooked my
first turkey and ham without any cases of food posioning. If you knew
my cooking disasters, you would understand this is a major milestone.
Started substitute teaching and fallen in love with it.
Celebrated five years together with Prince Charming and one year of
Enrolled to go back to school for my teaching certification.
Lots of awesome accomplishments this year to stave off the panic. Oh, I forgot to mention. I also did this really awesome thing called Selling A Book!! and realized a long time dream of becoming an "official" author. Yeah. No big. ; )
So, Year 23, you don't scare me. I've got my shit together this year.