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What’s Good About 24?

So today I turn 24.

The big two-four.

The exciting twenty-plus-four.

The life-changing-not-quite-twenty-five-but-almost-a-quarter-of-a-century-old, twenty-four.

24.

I’ve never been 24, but from what I can tell, it isn’t that great.

So, being the always-knowledge-seeking individual that I am, I wanted to do a bit of research on what I could expect to experience in this new stage of my life. I mean, at 13, I “became a woman” according to Jewish tradition, at 18 I was able to vote and buy lottery tickets, at 19 I was able to drink, and at 21, I was able to drink in the US. 22 was exciting for me because I moved to NYC for grad school at NYU, and 23 was exciting for me because it was my first time legitimately joining the workforce.

So what’s left?

Well, apparently, this:

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Greaaaaat.

Now don’t get me wrong – this isn’t going to be another one of my “woe is me, my birthday sucks” type blog posts that I’ve had in the past. I mean, I’m still not a huge fan of my birthday, (mostly because of the timing), but this year, I’ve decided to look on the brighter side of things. After all, I’ve had a pretty great year as a 23 year-old; getting an awesome new job, buying my own home, finding an amazing boyfriend, and beating my Crohn’s (again!) – so I really can’t complain.

But what’s next?

Like… what is actually supposed to happen at 24? Do I get any tax breaks I can look forward to? Do I get special discounts at the grocery store? Will anyone respect me more as a 24 year-old? I’m pretty sure the answer is no.

So really, what do 24 year-olds get to look forward to?

Well, according to my Facebook newsfeed…. all of this:

Engagements

Weddings

Babies

(Ok, not entirely true… Some of them are so freakin’ cute.)

Home improvement shopping

Going to bed before 11pm

To be completely honest (as I always am), 24 is actually scaring me.

Do I want engagements and weddings and babies and home improvements and a full night’s rest? I mean, I guess I do? Eventually… but seeing this stuff happening all around me is almost surreal. I don’t feel even close to old enough for any of this to happen to my friends, let alone myself!

But it’s happening.

Everywhere.

And I just have to take it.

I have no idea what’s going to happen in my 24th year, and apparently, the possibilities are endless.

But for now, I do know one thing:

And I’m going to enjoy it.

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Jessica Grossman
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3 Comments
  • John
    Posted at 02:51h, 04 September Reply

    Don’t you get a break on car rentals at 24? Or is that 26?

    Either way…..cake?

  • Fingers
    Posted at 20:02h, 05 September Reply

    Personally, I love my birthday. It;s the one holiday that’s all mine. It’s not like Thanksgiving or Christmas, it’s my day. I never work on my birthday and I always do something special just for me. Either a mani/pedi or shopping or a facial, something I wouldn’t normally do for myself. When I turned 40, I flew back to St Louis and hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in 10 years. Figured that’s a big one so I did something big. This year I turned 45 and had plans to go to the Harpsichord conference, since I love that. Bummer is: I ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks having my 10 bowel resection and got my staples out the day before my birthday, so I really couldn’t do anything for myself this year. It was really kind of sad and a let down. I keep telling myself I’m going to do a make up day but haven’t yet.

    I know it’s a hard time of year for you-but try and embrace the day that is all yours and try to schedule something fun and out of the norm for what you’d normally do for yourself. Treat yourself-it’s worth it. Will put a smile on your face. I also listen to the song ‘Happy Birthday to Me” by Cracker throughout the day as well. My own happy birthday song.

    Hope this helps! Sorry to ramble

  • Fingers
    Posted at 20:03h, 05 September Reply

    Should read 10th bowel resection

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