An official goodbye to my teenage years.
Well, I am no longer a teenager. “20” feels so much older than 19, and it’s kind of a scary number to be honest. I feel like with your age there comes certain expectations, and with 20, it’s basically saying you’re an (almost) adult now and you’re kind of on your own. Though I’m still far from an “adult”, I think I’ve really been able to gain a sense of independence and responsibility throughout the years.
Being able to travel on my own, do my own chores without having being told to do so, taking my education into my own hands instead of depending on my parents to tell me to do my homework or study, finding a job so I don’t always have to rely on my parents, being driven in my own career path and extracurricular activities, living in an apartment on my own, being able to cook—I like having that sense of independence.
At the same time, I can’t fully claim the title of “adult” because my parents still continue to provide so much for me. Moreover, they have instilled these values into me throughout the years. And I will forever be grateful for their support. Of course I can only hope to provide them with the same type of support later on in the future when they might not be able to provide for themselves.
As much as birthdays are a kind of celebration to celebrate yourself, I think that more importantly, it’s a time to celebrate your parents, the people who raised you for all these years—taking care of you, helping you, teaching you lessons, giving you food, shelter and the chance of a proper education, and showering you daily with love and care. 20 would mean nothing without having my parents every step of the way to guide me and have my back, and just to simply point me in the right direction. I’m quite content with the person I am today, and I truly thank my parents for that.
Looking back, these past 20 years have brought me so much joy, lessons, opportunities and valuable relationships.
We make mistakes and we move on.
We have failures and we learn to try again and be better.
We make friendships, and we nourish them, treasuring all those who come in and out of our lives.
We see opportunities and seize them to make the most of what is in our hands.
And we are continually shaped, day by day, by all the beautiful people that surround us and love us, and I think that’s what’s worth celebrating.
Though I couldn’t be at home to be with family and friends on this day, I have so many fond memories of their importance in my life—and to know that I am loved and cared for is truly all that I can ask for. No matter how big or small, from the bottom of my heart—thank you for all that you have given me throughout these 20 years.