ThatвЂ™s right, itвЂ™s my birthday. IвЂ™m now squarely in my late twenties and have some mixed feelings about it. There was a BuzzFeed article back in April that compared early twenties to late twenties. All of it was true for me вЂ“ especially the вЂњ1 a.m. Saturday morningвЂќ and вЂњsocial strategiesвЂќ ones.
And then over the summer, BuzzFeed had a вЂњ30 Signs YouвЂ™re Almost 30вЂќ piece. It was while reading that when I finally realized how deep into my twenties I really am. I HAVE left a bar because it was too loud and/or crowded. I also have a baggie full of business cards and no idea why I keep them or know what to do with them. I went on vacation recently and used almost two full bottles of sunscreen, wore a hat, and stayed in the shade as much as possible (at least IвЂ™ll have good skin when IвЂ™m 60).
But there are some good things to celebrate.
- I have a job I really like and IвЂ™m what some would consider вЂњsuccessfulвЂќ in my career.
- I can afford a two bedroom apartment on my own (which IвЂ™m moving into this week).
- ThereвЂ™s no reason for me to ever вЂњgo back to schoolвЂќ for anything since I locked up a MasterвЂ™s degree over two years ago now.
- IвЂ™m вЂњinternet famousвЂќ thanks to some random dude screaming at me in a voicemail.
All of that and IвЂ™m still under 30. ItвЂ™s too bad they donвЂ™t have lists for regular people that celebrate вЂњ30 Under 30вЂќ like those celebrity magazines do. Maybe How to with Courtney and I will start one for our friends.
I did expect that by now I would have had at least one relationship that lasted more than year. I also anticipated that I wouldnвЂ™t have to try so hard to get a date. Being outside of college makes it harder to meet people, especially now that IвЂ™m вЂњoldвЂќ and donвЂ™t have the energy or desire to put on real pants and actually go out.
As I watch more and more of my friends start committed relationships and get married though, I realized what my next life goal would be. ItвЂ™s not about getting married before IвЂ™m 30. ItвЂ™s about doing whatever I want. I’d much rather continue to support myself and not be accountable to another person yet. Anyone can be in a relationship. Not everyone can get a job they love and be successful enough to do what they want.
Five Questions with Advice by Amanda
1. Favorite dating activity?
Actual activities. IвЂ™m terrible at a great many things, but enjoy them anyway. For example: bowling, billiards, and mini golf. IвЂ™m really bad at all of those things. But theyвЂ™re fun and help take some of the pressure off on coming up with new conversation topics every single second during a date.
3. Are you a pirate or a ninja?
Pirate, obviously. Pirates get to live on boats and drink rum all the time. Who wouldnвЂ™t want that? Besides, IвЂ™m not nearly stealthy or coordinated enough to be a ninja.
4. Favorite sherbet flavor?
I like to mix the raspberry and lime flavored sherbets together.
5. Puppies or babies?
Cats. I like to think of my cat as a cat-ten (cat/kitten) because heвЂ™s still a baby kitty to me. Who cares that heвЂ™s 14lbs? He lets me cradle him like a baby but is still pretty self-sufficient. And he kills bugs for me. HeвЂ™s great. Occasionally, I borrow babies from my family. I have two niece-like babies whom I love very much. I also love that I donвЂ™t have to live the infant-life. ItвЂ™s just not for me.