I turned 27 a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to write-up a list of 27 things that went through my head recently about turning 27.
- I had to get a new driver’s license because the one I got at 18 expired. It’s something you think is always a few years out until you get the card in the mail saying you need to renew. Then it hits you.
- If I was my parents at my age, I’d have a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a 5-year-old. Sometimes I can barely keep track of myself.
- Student loans are very real. They crush the dreams you have in your twenties because it’s safer to have a steady, paying job than to follow them. I dream about the day and the spending power I will have once they are all paid off.
- Taxes aren’t always a refund.
- My friends are married or engaged. The ones who aren’t in relationships are questioned about what they’re doing with their time.
- Friends have babies. I watched them grow up and I don’t know if they should have another life in their hands.
- Friends are slowly disappearing. Some I’m happy to see go, other’s I’m struggling with.
- I’m having trouble making new friends because for the first time in my life, I’m not in a room with other people who need friends as well.
- I’m an uncle.
- I have a stock portfolio. Sure, it has a few shares of one stock in it, but could 25-year-old me say that?
- I finally understand the daily grind. And the rat race. And I hate it. Thanks a lot Baby Boomers for this terrible situation you created for us Millennials.
- I get frustrated with teenagers and their use of technology.
- I get frustrated with politics because I follow politics. Loosely.
- I can save for vacations in reasonable amounts of time.
- My body is reacting to foods differently.
- I have acid reflux.
- I’m happy that I am not in college. And I’m happy that I’m not mid-career. I have experience but I’m not too far into what I do to make career changes difficult.
- I could settle down.
- I don’t care for drinking really any more.
- I have more projects in my spare time than I know what to do with. They’ll get done when I have the time (I think I inherited this trait from my dad).
- I enjoy working outside on the weekends because I’m stuck inside during the week.
- I can manage my own appointments.
- I plan things in advance.
- When I buy things, it’s rarely impulse buys. Each purchase is calculated.
- I’m looking for hobbies and I like the ones where I get to create something with my hands.
- I feel like I’m too old to be young still but too young to be old.
- I’m okay not knowing what the future holds.
I feel like I could keep going on an on about all the wisdom I’ve gained in my 27 years, and at the same time I’m drawing a complete blank. In my short time on Earth, I’ve visited five foreign countries, worked numerous jobs, met people I’ve never thought I would meet, and at the heart of my I feel like I’ve stayed true to myself. I wouldn’t want to go back and do any aspect of my life differently.
Here’s hoping there’s a solid 27 more years to come!