My 22nd Year

July 14, 2009

Well, my 21st year of life is just about over (I turn 22 on Sunday for those who would like to give me gifts), and quite frankly, it’s pretty disappointing.  21 is a big year.  You can legally start to drink, you can gamble, and partake in other cool morally questionable things (that I can’t think of).  22 isn’t such a big year.  Most people graduate from college and have to start their real life (let’s be real, everyone wishes they could go to their high school guidance counselor and laugh in his or her face when he or she tells us that college is for growing up, starting your real life, and finding yourself.  I think I might have digressed in the maturity field during college).  In fact, 22 is such a non-monumental birthday, you can’t even find cool birthday cards or shot glasses at your local Spencer’s.  So, to give myself some incentive to be excited about leaving my 21st year, I have created a checklist of things I want to accomplish in my 22nd year:

1.  Win more than $50 on a scratch off ticket.  My entire home life is defined by, at some point in the day/night, going to 7-Eleven and buying a $2 scratch off ticket.  In fact, every time my friends and I go, before we scratch, we talk about what we would do if we won the $30,000 grand prize (some ideas include: going to Vegas on the spot, buying a slave).  Every time, however, we leave disappointed.  The most I won in 5 years of playing the scratch off lottery is $40.  My goal for the next year is to beat that by at least $10.01.

2. Get good grades in law school. In high school, I convinced myself that getting the best grades would determine my future. I was wrong. In college, I did the same. And was wrong again. However, at this point in my life, there will never again be a standardized test that will determine where I go next (let’s be real: standardized tests are all that matter for admission into any school at any level). So my grades actually do matter this time… or so I’m convincing myself again for the ninth straight year.

3. Start dating a girl that I didn’t meet on JDate. Whenever I come home, my parents tell me that another person in their mid-20s is getting married. I then ask, “How did they meet?” 99% of the time my parents’ response is that they either met on JDate or in a bar at Hoboken. Don’t get me wrong, neither option is wrong or problematic. However, at the age of 22, I don’t think it is socially acceptable to be on JDate yet (unless you’re really lonely, but I’m still going to be in school meeting people). In addition, I’ve never been to Hoboken, New Jersey. In fact, the word sounds dirty to me (go ahead, say it out loud. It sounds like the Bat Cave of homeless people). I want to do it the old fashion way: actually meet someone normally. I know what you’re thinking: how did people start to date before the internet?!? I hope to discover this in the next year.

4. Not take myself too seriously. I think law students get a bad wrap–they are ultra competitive, always serious, etc., etc. However, I really don’t want to be that stereotype. I take pride in the fact that I like to have a good time all the time, and be an outrageous character (actually, somebody from home told me I’d be great on the Real World for this reason. In response to this, I faked getting incredibly angry and then joined a Real World/Road Rules Challenge).

5. Travel to Europe. Assuming the movie Eurotrip is a true story, Europe sounds completely awesome to me. I went to Italy already and that was completely awesome. The good times I had there were, well, good times. I’ve never been in a scenario where there was a huge language barrier and I was wondering in a city with a couple friends by ourselves. It’s quite an interesting situation. I would like to do it again. Maybe go to somewhere for two weeks, sightsee for a week and then take in the culture and chillax for a second week. Something like that.

6. Keep in close contact with my good college friends. Because I’ve had a lot of free time in the past seven(ish) weeks since college graduation, I’ve kind of played a Survivor-like game in my head (yes, Jeff Probst was the host of the game in my head… It made it more lifelike) of who of the people I’ve met in college (can you say 400 Facebook friends from my school? What up?) that I will actually stay friends with (that was an obscenely run-on sentence). Bottom line is, there are only about ten(ish) people that I will probably stay in weekly contact with (of course two of them got this far by continuing to win Immunity Challenges. Damn you, Probst!). I’m okay with that. I just apologize in advance to these ten(ish) people if I disappear for a little during the next year (see goal number 2).

7. Continuing by gym-going habits. You don’t think this figure comes naturally, do you? I work hard for this body. All kidding aside (the right side), I really hope I have time to go the gym now that I will be a law student. In undergrad, for some reason, the weekdays always worked out where you had four hours (at least. This past semester it was more like seven) to chill and not do anything but watch television or go to the gym. So, I would go to the gym for 1.5 to 2 hours five to six days a week. In law school it doesn’t work like this, so hopefully I have some time (if not, I heard coke diets, not Diet Coke, work).

8. Continuing this blog and keeping my creative side alive. I love writing. Some people enjoy my writing (six). I want to keep doing it. Especially my bigger projects (not my blog). I feel like that will keep me sane. Or distract me from failing to reach my previous seven goals.

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