25 Things I’ve Realized Since Turning 25

19 Feb

A few weeks ago I turned 25 and since then I’ve had time to reflect on what has changed in my life… and what’s stayed the same:

1. I can legally rent a car.

2. I don’t have money to travel so have no need to rent a car.

3. Next year I will be closer to 30 than 20.

4.  30 is the new 20 so it doesn’t bother me too much.

5. Going to bed at 9pm on a weeknight is ok.

6. Going to bed at 9pm on a weekend night is ok… because I’m 25.

7. There is a big difference between a college bar and a young professional bar and it can be noticed within 30 seconds of entering.

8. At 25 you can get away with being seen at both a college bar and a young professional bar.

9. You know the type of bar you were at based on how you feel the morning after. Spoiler alert – just because you’re at a college bar does not mean you can drink like a college student. It. Will. Hurt.

10. I have a new found sense of independence and enjoy doing things for myself, such as the Ikea desk I put together (over the course of 3 weeks… ok fine it was a month and a half).

11. I’ve become one of those people that tells teenagers to be quiet at the movie theater. Justification – I paid good money to see this.

12. I’m mad at college year self for eating and drinking so much that I now have to work out and eat healthy to make up for it.

13. I envy college year self for eating and drinking whatever/whenever.

14. Taking shots is just… rough and unnatural.

15. It’s ok to be 25 and single, even though childhood self thought I’d be married and having kids by 25 (HA… that’s cute small squeaky voice Alyssa… just adorable).

16. I’m not getting older, the cast of The Real World is just getting younger (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

17. Getting carded at Mayfair Mall is not flattering. It’s obnoxious and quite unnecessary. Especially after not getting carded for my sangria with dinner at Applebees a mere hour ago.

18. I’m the average age of the actors who played high school students on shows I used to love: One Tree Hill and The O.C… (how come no boys at my high school looked like Lucas or Ryan?)

19. Referring to my athletic days of high school is starting to feel weird and makes me feel like the small town quarterback who never left town and now sells used cars.

20. I will most likely never again go to a formal dance and it makes me very sad. I want an updo and a corsage and the adrenaline rush of being asked to be someone’s date!!

21. I can still shimmy my way in to my prom dress and all is right in the world again.

22. Hearing old school Nelly songs on the radio puts me in a good place.

23. Hanging out with my parents on a Saturday night is fun even if I often find myself going to bed before they do.

24. I’ve realized the true meaning of friendship and can’t imagine life without my closest friends. Although I’m sure the amount of blackmail worthy photos would be much lower…

25. Something about this age just feels right. It’s going to be a good year.

Cheers to 25!! But can I trade this shot of Rumpleminze in for a nice glass of Malbec? Thanks!


One Response to “25 Things I’ve Realized Since Turning 25”

  1. Sierra February 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Love #11!

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