Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nobody Said I Had To Like It

Today is my 20th birthday. The second birthday of mine that this little blog has been around for. It's a shame I won't be able to spend my birthday lazily lounging around making other people fetch me bottles of chilled water and grapes with cheese cubes on a silver platter while I tan by the pool. 

This is only because there is no pool. 

Oh, and also because my day will start with my alarm going off at precisely 7:02 am so that I can be in a classroom by 8 o'clock, and to work before 9:30. I get off at 1 o'clock, have enough time to do my art history homework before I head off to my three hour studio class that gets done around 5:20 so I can eat dinner around 6 o'clock in the evening to be at class again at 7 o'clock and I will finally be finished at 8:30 in the evening. 

You can snicker and make fun of me and say "but Natalie dearest, that's just life - and in the real world people don't care about your birthday so just suck it up because it's not going to change." 

And I say FORGET. YOU. 

Everybody deserves a day that's all about them and I haven't had one of those in a very long time. I want a day where I don't have to feel bad about not completing chores. I want a day where it's okay to just sit and watch a movie all snuggled up and not feel like I have somewhere to be, or that I'm forgetting to do something. I would love to have a day where people offered to willingly do things for me. That would be quite a change. 

But who am I fooling? Life will continue on as normal, I'll wake up like it's any other day. The only difference will be that instead of being a teenager, I'll be a "nothing" as my dad so lovingly referred to the age between 19 and 21 where you get no special privileges, but can't be grouped in with the teeny-boppers. 


I'm gonna rock the 'nothing' year like there's no tomorrow. And at 8:30 pm I'm going to have fun. Maybe I'll go to Applebee's and only order dessert. Maybe I'll make Prince Charming and his roommates watch a horribly girly romantic comedy with me. Maybe I'll just go to bed and drift off to sleep and dream about being on a sandy beach in the sunshine. Whatever I feel like doing is fine with me. 

How did you ring in your 20th birthday? If you even remember ;)


  1. It was Thanksgiving :/
    Not so fun, but kinda special. My boyfriend's fam let me drink wine all day. Haha.

    20 was one of the best years of my life. I went ski diving. I worked at a summer camp. I was living in Hawaii again. Fun times.

  2. Hi darling, happy birthday. :)

    And no snickering from me because yes, sometimes life sucks and it's busy and you got stuff to do, but everyone needs some time to do nothing once in a while!

  3. Celebrate my 20th? I don't remember the exact day, but that was the month I quit my job and signed up to go on a trip to Jamaica. Not that I'm giving you permission to do anything crazy. (And I was already out of college.) I came home and mooched off my parents for awhile before starting my "career" at 20 1/2.
    And THEN, I became an aunt for the first time, and my life was complete! :) 20 is a transition year, not a nothing year. You'll make it. Hugs!


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