Today also, obviously, marks the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. We remember the innocent lives who perished that day as well as the firefighters and policemen of NYFD and NYPD who bravely risked their lives to save many, many lives on that Tuesday. Also, in light of the nonsense about the Quran burning, we remember that as Americans we are tolerant of all colors, beliefs and religions. 9/11 hurt everyone, not just in the United States but around the world.
Today marks something really interesting: the first in the string of September birthdays. Every year we’d all be like “oh wow that’s impressive, that’s a lot of birthdays in one month”. But this year marks something completely different: this year marks the year of the 21.
Some of us have waited weeks for these days, others of us have waited since we turned the last milestone age: 18. Regardless, 21 represents the start of the final frontier. It doesn’t represent the end of exuberance and youthfulness by any means, but it does represent the beginning of the end for that. I mean pretty soon we’ll all be going off to either graduate school or the workforce but regardless we’ll be doing big things, all of us.
Everyone of course knows the other actual tangible perk to the 21: full legality (well, minus rental cars in some states…pooey). But with more legality comes more responsibility. And while yes the age of 21 feels like we’ve just entered a brand new theme park with no lines at all the rides whatsoever, it also comes with the need to be more responsible about ourselves.
All that I’m really saying, I guess, is that I hope everyone has a kickass time with whatever they’re doing this month and the rest of this year, because it’s going to be one hell of a crazy ride. But just as important be healthy, be safe and be aware. Noone wants a fun night to go sour all of a sudden, and we all want the fun to last as long as possible, right?
So Happy 21st Birthday to all my September friends: Tousley, Mark, Melissa, Rachel, Kishan, Jillian, Anisha, the Arroyo twins and Nico. Thanks for blessing us with your presence and, of course, for all of your birthdays being clustered in such a favorable way hahaha. But seriously, let’s do this rightttttt. woooooooot.