|This is 27! Celebrating with In-N-Out Burger|
All of them are under 21 and can’t wait to hit that milestone, which made me realize I’m starting to get pretty far removed from the milestone ...which isn’t a bad thing.
I feel like we put a lot of emphasis on the fact that turning 21 is the last major milestone (though some argue that 30 for women is a major milestone) and that it’s “all downhill from here.”
But looking back, I’ve had so many milestones since then. They might not have happened on my birthday, but they were definitely significant…
|Several reporter's notebooks that bit the dust at my first job|
23 - I moved into my very own apartment and lived by myself for the first time ever. When you live on your own you are your own master -- you decide what to cook or to eat out, when (or if) to clean up, what to watch on TV, how to pay your bills, etc. Even though I only lived on my own for a year and a half, I’m so glad I did it.
24 - I moved in with my significant other for the first time ever, which is always a major step in a relationship no matter what age you are. Combining your items, deciding who will do what chores, splitting the bills - it’s such a great experience for growth and to take your relationship to another level.
25 - I really got a handle on finances this year. After a few years in the job market, I finally got a good grasp of 401ks, what to save, where to spend, how to budget, etc. I had some fun buying random things, but learning how to manage money is really what made this move to California possible.
|With my car, Truman, back in 2010|
So, they might not be as obvious as turning 18 and being able to vote or turning 21 and being able to buy alcohol, but there’s definitely milestones that are worth reaching each and every year… even if you don’t realize it until hindsight.
What milestones have you been excited to hit since turning 21, or what are you looking forward to ? Tell me in the comments below!