I don't think of myself as an adult. You may have gotten that impression already from my "Why I'm actually a 10 year old.." post, but really. I may come off as an inexperienced baby, spoiled brat or
maybe probably just a weirdo, I'll take it. These are the things I've accomplished in the past year (as a 22/23-year-old woman..) that you've probably been doing for years, but I'm pretty damn proud of it anyway. So here goes.
1. Flew by myself. I purchased my own plane tickets, found my way around the airport and flew all by myself. I know Jonah does it as an 8 year old in Sleepless in Seattle, but what can I say? I'm a late bloomer. In fact, I think I had only ridden on a plane, like, thrice before this year (years ago) and have already flown on three different occasions this year.
2. Booked a hotel. During my cross-country travels, I called hotels, checked availability, booked rooms and checked in all by myself. Any other hotel room I've ever stayed in was booked by a family member, friend, boyfriend, etc. and my money was thrown in there, but I had never actually been the book-er.
3. Drove on the freeway. I'm still terrified, but hey, I did it! It always makes me think of this scene from Clueless.
4. Moved out of state. Sure, I lived about 40 minutes away from home for four years in college, but I had never moved out of Florida before and now I am a 7 hour plane ride away.
5. Used public transit. I have some how learned to use BART and buses after 23 years of driving or being driven anywhere I needed to go (save for a few bus rides to class at UF).
6. Went to the dentist willingly. This year, I kid you not, was the first time I've ever made my own dentist appointment and showed up all on my own. I truly hate going to the dentist, so I used to only go when my mom would make the appointment and tell me I had to.
7. Cooked a steak. I know, weird. I don't think I even knew how to cook any sort of meat before this year. I loved eating it, but I had never bothered learning to cook meat until I did my first Whole30. It still grosses me out though.
8. Went to a pro baseball and basketball game. I never really cared about sports, and let's be real unless it's Gator football I still don't, but these games were beyond fun and I think I may be on to something. Garlic fries, alcohol and high fives? Yes, please.
9. Got my heart broken.
10. Dated myself. This year is the first time I've really managed to embrace being alone. I went out to eat (many times now), went to the beach and went hiking, and realized that I'm pretty good company.
It's almost like I'm growing up or something. It's just a matter of time before my facade wears off and I'm revealed as a 10-year-old imposter.