My 21st birthday
was probably a little out the ordinary, at least compared to those of my friends at the time. As I closely neared the big two-one
, I saw other friends jumping into their new legality with utter abandon
. One friend went bar hopping for 21 shots, and woke up the next morning with the names of all of them written on her arm. I don't think she remembered her birthday very well, but she seemed to have had a good time. I got the impression from other people that taking your friends out to get smashed on their twenty first was something akin to civic duty
. It didn't really affect me, though...I've never had anything alchoholic in my life. I just never wanted to. Not like there was anything preventing me, legal barriers aside. I just never have. But, I don't think it's a big deal though.
I think the whole drinking thing was and is part of the time, and definitely had a lot to do with being in college. As a side tangent, my own twenty first birthday consisted of me taking a long walk up to my favorite coffee shop, and getting a nice large mocha
. My grand master plan was to go coffee shop hopping
, just to say I had, and becuase I thought it would make for an amusing story to tell later. Unfortunately, that single mocha did me and I was wasted on caffeine
. I didn't even make it coffee shop hopping. It was more of a coffee shop hop, so to speak. A great birthday, nonetheless. *smile*
My humor in the whole refusing/accepting to drink issue is that there's an implicit acceptance of the belief that alchohol is an fundamental issue that we should all think about
. That if we do drink or don't drink, it will have huge consequence
s on our life. I mean equally the traditional anti-drinking evangelism as well as the social pro-drinking evangelism
. Why does everyone have to care so much?
It's my birthday and it doesn't matter whether I drink or not.