Why Turning 20 When All Your Friends Are Turning 21 Isn't So Bad
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why Turning 20 When All Your Friends Are Turning 21 Isn't So Bad

11 reasons why having a late birthday isn't the worst.

Why Turning 20 When All Your Friends Are Turning 21 Isn't So Bad

My best friend and I share a birthday -- but some weird twist of fate (or the ridiculous cutoff dates for New Jersey school registration in our childhoods) has made her an entire year older than me. She turns 21 the same day I turn 20. Coming from the baby of my group of friends, here’s why it’s actually kind of cool that you’re a year behind everyone else.

1. You get to drive a lot of (nice?) cars.

Automatically being the designated driver means you get to test drive a bunch of different cars -- half of them are falling apart and they occasionally have someone throwing up in the backseat, but it’s still kind of fun!

2. Free food.

Your legal friends feel bad that you have to deal with their intoxicated states, and sometimes feel bad enough to buy you a Happy Meal when they force you to drive their car to the seedy drive-through on the way home.

3. Free entertainment.

If you ever wanted to moderate an impassioned karaoke contest on the drive home, now’s your chance.

4. No one guilts you into going out when you’re busy.

You have two papers due tomorrow and a midterm you need to study for on Friday morning? Now that no one’s trying to convince you to partake in Thirsty Thursday festivities, you’re free to drown in homework without shots being shoved in your face.

5. You save money.

Not paying for drinks is the way to go.

6. You still have an excuse to dress in a ridiculous costume and hang out in a basement.

It’s not sad because you literally can’t go anywhere else.

7. Your photography skills get a lot better.

Another birthday, another chance to take tons of pictures of your friends looking like idiots. Yay,

8. And you finally have a use for that first-aid course you took in high school.

You give out Band-Aids and Advil like candy.

9. No embarrassing Snapchats.

Being too young to go out means no one is going to capture your stupidity and post it before you’re in your right mind to veto it.

10. You can better plan out your own 21st celebration.

You know which bars to avoid, which ones have a better Happy Hour deal, and which ones are the best to end your night at.

11. All your friends can actually celebrate with you.

You don’t have to worry about leaving anyone out -- EVERYONE is old enough to come out with you!

Okay, so some of these are completely ridiculous (does anyone really want to moderate a karaoke contest?), but hopefully this list reminds you to celebrate your 20th year on Earth instead of wishing it would go faster. And hey, if that doesn’t work, there are only 364 days until you're 21!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments