Wednesday, April 2, 2014

21 years

My birthday is on Sunday! And it really is the weirdest thing! I was writing notes with my friend in class (yeap, thats a thing that I do because I am almost 21 and almost a nurse with peoples lives in my hands) and she mentioned that it was almost my birthday, to which I replied "I am not ready! I don't feel like I have 21 years worth of life experience yet". And after saying it, I just realized how true it was. Its weird because in most situations, saying that you're 21 means that you're still relatively young and inexperienced. But just by changing the wording around a bit - for 21 years I have been alive and trying to figure myself and this world out - twenty one years is SO long! When people are married for 20 years its like damn, they've been together for a long time. Well I have been in this body for 20 years. I have been on this early for 20 years. I have been living and breathing and eating and pooping and learning for TWENTY YEARS! And I still feel like I don't know anything.

None the less, I am excited for my birthday. I am excited to have another whole year of growth and learning and hopefully this year I will learn more about myself than I did last year. Looking back on twentieth year, here are some of my favorite memories;

I don't have any good pictures of memories from April apparently. All I remember is having a very unsatisfying birthday. But it happens!

Completing training for Scarlet Listeners
 Studying outside with Max and getting eaten alive
 My first basement show and finding my love for wine
 Summer sitting outside with this little guy
The Great Googa Mooga Festival with this beautiful lady! (And also David and Randy on a different day)
 Despite the fact that summer classes made me feel like this^, they were really satisfying and it was a worthwhile sacrifice. Plus I met some nice people
 Governor's Ball!
 It rained so much at Governor's Ball!!
Firefly and camping and music and so many wonderful things about that weekend!
Getting my beaauutiful bike! (Which I later named Robin thanks to Faline)
Nights like this in New Brunswick spent cooking with friends

Thursday coffee dates and getting closer with this lady!
That time we tried really hard to make wings, and made too much mac and cheese
That time we walked to a party across the street with our own cups
That time Ryan punched me in the fact (at party mentioned above)
That time we all switched faces
That time Michelle saw Charlie from Girls in real life and I freaked out
That time I liked Ryan and we left eachother funny notes
That time I went to the New Brunswick Farmers market and about really beautiful and delicious food!
That time me, Max, Amanda and Liz when hiking, and I didn't cry...
...And then we all jumped off this rock! (And I took a poop in the great outdoors before jumping)
That time I went canoeing with Amanda, Alex and Nick, and we ate so much great food and went swimming and created our own camp site after hours of struggling and searching...
...And then the next day we jumped off the bridge seen behind us...
...And took this really cool, gangsta picture...
My first stethoscope!!

My first ever day of clinical - such an amazing day!
My amazing clinical group and instructor
Spending so much time in this lab and learning so much
Got my second tattoo, in honor of my amazing and missed grandma
Saw a c-section, and got to wear scrubs like a badass...
...But first we needed to take a selfie
Halloween was literally the funniest and we got so drunk and it was disgusting and amazing...
...and Jordan was so creepy, and we were so drunk and went to the fresh grocer at like 3am

Good times at clinical
Thanksgiving potluck at 32 Dix...
...And my homemade brown derby and whipedcream bar

Celebrating finals at Tumulty's ...
...And eating way too much food and drinking way too much tequila 

Celebrating New Years with my best friend!

Snow days and fort building and snowball fights
Peds clinical and this delicious Mac and Cheese while bonding
So many days spent at the library with this lady
Atlantic city and the Nursing Convention and too much wine...
...And watching her gamble away her entire $20

All of the crazy stories and memories made living with this guy...
...and that time he threw out all our food
And more library time spent with this chika