Today is my last day of being 21 years of age. It has me freaked out.
Twenty-one was a really good year for me. I had some experiences that were wonderful and that I would not ever change for the world. I had a lot of fun. I went through a lot. Not everything was good, not everything was bad.
So on this last day of being 21, the following are 21 things I am grateful for:
1. My family. Though they are loud and large and insane, I love them and wouldn’t ever trade them in for a new set. I know they are there when I need them.
2. Going to college and moving out when I did. Leaving home was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I’m a much different person than I was four years ago, and I doubt I’d be the person I am now if I hadn’t left home at 18.
3. Calvin Klein underwear. There is nothing better.
4. Orajel. As I still have my wisdom teeth, and the ones on the right side of my face are impacted, Orajel provides temporary relief from the terrible pain I experience occasionally.
5. Netflix – almost any movie or television show I could ever want is there, a day’s mail away.
6. Alcohol, and the ability to buy it.
7. Cookies and Cream Delight Luna Bars.
8. Imitrex – though the side effects are not always much fun, at least the pill removes the pain of migraines.
9. Having a vivid memory. I remember the craziest, oddest stories and details, but I can recall experiences and times in detail that most people would have long forgotten. Getting nostalgic is oh-so-much fun for that reason.
10. Baby cousins, because they fulfill my must-play-with/hold-cute-babies quota.
11. On Demand Television.
12. A cup of coffee and a good book.
13. The earthy smell of rain.
14. Dark chocolate.
15. My car. Thanks to having it, I can escape any time I need to.
16. The iPod – at work, I can put it on and ignore everyone I work with.
17. Not feeling like I’m about to jump out of my own skin, a la ages 18-20.
18. Hot showers after a long day of work.
19. Tide to Go pens. Though they don’t take out red tempera paint, they do get rid of almost everything else.
20. Being able to enjoy my own company.
21. Partner-in-Crime, my best friend.