21 Things to do now that you’re 21 …

21 Jun

… in addition to legally procuring alcohol.

In honor of RetroVixen turning the big 2-1, we present a list of 21 things to do when you’re 21. They don’t speak directly to RetroVixen, who is wise beyond her years, but to those in her situation.

Here is the first of three installments. Part II | Part III

Part 1 – Prepare Yourself

1. Register to Vote

Seems odd that at 18, you can vote in elections but you need 3 additional years to develop a respect for alcohol. So if you didn’t register by 18, now is the time to do so. You could get away with not giving a damn at 18, but now that you can legally buy alcohol, guns and tobacco, you should be part of the debate on them. The least you could do is register to vote.

2. Open a retirement account

You may not be earning much right now, or nothing at all, but if you start early enough, even small monthly deposits start to add up.

3. Check up on the kids that used to bully you in middle school

What are they doing now? Did they graduate from high school? Did one of them become a seminarian? I’m not saying you should gloat if things went badly for them or be peeved if they’ve got a cushy job at Google, but it would help you put things in perspective and move on. Maybe you’ll become friends. Maybe you’ll finally stop waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night with visions of some wanker peeing on your science project. It’s time to let go of that childhood baggage.

4. Program the number of your favorite smoke-free taxi cab company into your cell phone

You’re too old to wake up Mom or Dad at 3am so they can come pick up your drunk ass. There will be times when all of your friends will start drinking before someone has volunteered to be the designated driver. It happens. The cab should be smoke-free because the smell of cigars or cigarettes on the faux-leather back seat of a cab tends to lead to projectile vomiting.

5. Prepare yourself for the day you find your mother staring back at you from the mirror

Not just from the mirror, either. You’re going to start sounding like her and rationalizing like her. You’re even going to start throwing her own words back at her, if you haven’t already. It’s scary when the moment of realization comes. Don’t fight it. It’s okay. You are still your own individual self. Your mother is just a HUGE part of what makes you who you are.

6. Be prepared to be the adult in conversations with your parents

Parents can sometimes have totally irrational fears or concerns about their adult children. It’s like you just turned 13 again and they can’t seem to handle you living on your own, earning your own money, having relationships that they’re completely unaware of. When you were 18-20, you were still their little one, even though you were legally adult. You were a fledgling adult. But at 21, you’ve got a bit of a handle on adulthood – a bit. So they think this little knowledge is dangerous and will lead you down the rabbit hole. Just grin and bear the hysteria and screams of “You think you know everything but you don’t know nothin’!” It soon will pass and morph into questions like “When are you going to get married and make us grandparents?”

7. Cancel the Disney Channel

I feel bad singling out one channel for a generation’s worth of problems but this channel is one of the main guilty parties in perpetuating people’s erroneous expectations about the future and what is expected of them. In real life, the bad guys don’t always get their comeuppance, the good girl doesn’t always get noticed by the hot emo-haired, misunderstood bad-boy, that same emo-haired, misunderstood bad-boy doesn’t always have extra layers (like a Princeton education and a love for Jane Austen), problems don’t resolve themselves at the end of the day, and relationships are harder to maintain than they were to forge in the first place. I always wanted to catch up with Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast to see how they got on once Belle got tired of picking up after the Beast and his smelly ass (especially when he’d forget to use matches in the loo).

4 Responses to “21 Things to do now that you’re 21 …”

  1. Furgi November 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    I would drink at the spring at 21 because I could drive a car. I can also go around the world. I would meet different people around the world. For example I can go to Russia
    and meet Russian people. I would be out of school. At 21 I can get a credit card. I can become a scientist, a sea biologist, or become a teacher. 21 is the age that you are considered a adult. I can also vote by myself. I can take a road trip to where ever I want.
    I can drive a motorcycle, with a sidecar.
    this is my home work hope it help im reading a book called tuck everlasting and well its fun its about a family that can live forever with this spring and what age will you drink from the spring and why WHY PEOPLE WHY jk LOL ROFL!!!!

  2. fetchmystick September 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Furgi, just because your 21 doesn’t mean you will become a sea biologist. That takes years of studying. #justsaying

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