This past weekend I celebrated my 19th birthday, and it was unforgettable. I’ll start off talking about birthdays… I hate celebrating mine. For some reason, I hate receiving presents from people, I hate when the attention is on me, I just hate celebrating for me. But this year was different.
I’ve always dreamed about living in NYC and now that it’s actually presently happening, it just seems totally surreal. My life has changed so much for the better. For my birthday, I had a few of my closest friends from back home come in and spend the day with me alongside some of my current college friends.
I was used to my birthdays always being dictated by my parents and having all of my my plans revolve around family, and this year was the first year that changed. I made the plans. I decided where to eat. I decided when. This is very stupid but it still liberated me.
The day started off when I woke up to my dorm room decked out in streamers, balloons, and writing on the windows saying Happy Birthday. Instant good mood.
After that we braved the sub zero temperatures NYC was offering that day and headed to Cookie Do Confections, a gourmet customized Cookie Dough shop. Yes, it’s edible. It took us a while to get there due to a few delays, but I was so happy I had all of my closest friends with me and having so much fun that nothing seemed to bother me, Plus, the Cookie Dough was AMAZING. I got another one to take home.
After that we headed to Times Square (tourist-y, I know… My friends are from the suburbs so I let it slide.) and decided to have an easy dinner at Applebee’s. Lots of laughs, jokes, cheap good food, singing, and of course dessert.
After that we headed back to the dorm to freshen up before heading out to a party.
This was a very simple day that could have been planned easily by anyone, but something about being in my favorite place with my favorite people, doing whatever we wanted just never seemed like it would come true. I always felt like I would have my parents hovering over me not letting me live, and this year I’m finally starting to realize I’m an adult and that I have broken those chains
Thank you NYC for liberating me and letting me start to live my life to the fullest. You rock.