By: Abbey Lyn Clark, Regular Contributor
This past Friday, I turned 21: yes, the big 2-1. I celebrated my birthday in my beautiful hometown with my close family and friends: it was absolutely wonderful. The outpouring of love I received was amazing. Everything from hugs and kisses, presents and packages, to personal phone calls, texts, and posts on my Facebook page made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. The next morning, I couldn’t have felt more grateful. In addition, for the first time ever, I woke up the day after my birthday and felt older. Although ‘21’ is a milestone, my birthday this year was more about my realization of age than a wild thirsty Thursday or a picture perfect Friday.
Hearing from old friends, and being in the town in which I grew up in, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I’ve changed since my high school days. Although I was officially considered an adult at ‘18,’ being 21 just feels more adult-like. When did I grow up?
Perhaps it was in the past three years in which I’ve met life-long friends and challenged myself to learn and see more than I’ve ever imagined. Perhaps it was by making mistakes. Perhaps it happened when I joined amazing student organizations and decided to start one of my own. Maybe when I started practicing yoga. I think it started the moment I decided to let go of the thoughts that tricked me into thinking I wasn’t strong. Perhaps, it was in the days after turning 21 in which I convinced myself that I’m worthy and capable of true self-love. Yes, birthdays are a time to indulge and do the things that make you happiest, but they’re also a time to look at how far you’ve come and look at the person you are becoming.
It’s okay to impress yourself once in a while. In fact, I believe your birthday is the perfect occasion to let yourself be enchanted by your own accomplishments and growth. Although being able to go to bars and go wine tasting is a pretty awesome, what’s even more awesome about turning 21 is that I know the best days of my beautiful life are yet to come.
About Abbey: Abbey Clark is a rising senior majoring in English and Human Development at Boston College. Along with being the I AM THAT GIRL local chapter leader at BC, she is also a yoga instructor and the co-president of her all female a cappella group: The BC Sharps. She loves spending time with her friends & family, baking, and traveling. She is an advocate of healthy living, real beauty, and is so proud to be part of such a beautiful organization that is changing the world for women and girls!