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Twenty-Two Years Old Rant

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So I recently turned 22 years old the other day. Twenty-Two years old is a solid number but doesn?t have the same epic feel as turning 21 or 18 years old. The vibe of making to the elite numbers of 21 and 18 years had the becoming an adult feel giving you those freedoms in the American pop culture that was banned for underage people from doing certain things, although these bans has been already been broken many times. When I turned 18 I felt like a man, when I turned 21, I felt unstoppable. Twenty-One has flew by like a G6 and I remember every single day I was Twenty-One Years Old. Through my Twenty First Year I slowly became more of an adult preparing myself for the Twenty-Two and the rest of my life.





What is the significance of the Twenty-Two? I talked to a lot of people about this and we all have come to conclusion that we are getting old as fuck and that twenty-two and the rest of the next birthdays will blow by real quick. Time is flying and if someone ever found the fountain of youth, 21 would be solid age I would stay as. I don?t really want to be an adult yet, I?m having too much fun. All my friends are working those long hours waking up early in the morning to commute to work, from driving to taking the grueling train ride to Manhattan. For me I had a taste of reality during the summer while interning at a Florida Medical Center waking up at 5 am in the morning, leaving the house at 6 am and commuting 30 minutes to the Medical Center arriving there at 6:30 am and preparing myself by 7am looking at the chart and figuring out the surgeries going on at the chart around the different Operating Rooms. In the Medical Center I felt like a mouse trap in maze, the place is so big that if you don?t know where you were going you easily lose your mind like you were in giant labyrinth. So I would do that all day have a top rate lunch provided by professional cooks and be out and ready go home around 5pm, 4:30pm if lucky. I would be back home and first thing I do is take a long nap, drained from everything and maybe have a late night run on the tread mill and do it all over again the next day.





I am lucky to turn Twenty-Two in my last semester of college, so I was able to still have that college feel on my birthday. I happened to bump into this gorgeous woman who was 25 years old on my birthday. Like Amber Lancaster this girl did not look like 25 years old at all, she looked a lot younger. This girl actually caught me off guard because she was dating my friend who is 23 years old, who doing well for himself I say. She graduated from University of Florida and doing well with her life being an accountant living in the high class section of Tampa. She was telling me how her last couple of years has gone by and that she tries to enjoy life by having fun hanging with her friends and going to the bars to feel young again. This conversation made think about women aging in general, a topic of conversation which the menversus crew have discussed throughout our bar hopping nights (which I miss). About 90% of women don?t really age well we always notice and that the stresses of life such as being a mother and a wife hiding themselves in pounds of makeup to look young again doesn?t help. But this 25 years old doesn?t seem to need to fight old age at, well not yet. Maybe her secret? Have a young boyfriend, gym and lots of sex and fun haha. In the end she surprised me a second time and bought me an Irish car bomb.





So as I look forward to next couple of years of my life, I am going to live it the fullest. It is time not to base your life on age but how you treat those numbered days that is laid in front of you. How you enjoy and live your life is key to success and happiness. It is time to notice your surroundings, your friends and family. When a moment comes, learn to grasp it, learn from it, have fun. Those moments unfortunately don?t last and will breeze by. Learn that age is just a number; life is everything and should not be wasted. If there is a fountain of youth, I would now deny it. I would rather grow and have fun with the people around me and love my generation. For those young kids out there, go out explore the world, enjoy your freedom and free time because as you grow older you don't want to regret anything and free time will become scarce. Like what Kris Allen says "Live Like We Are Dying"!










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