I turned 23 today.

Admittedly, this isn't exactly earth-shattering, or newsworthy. Not even for me, I guess. But I don't like the sound of "twenty-three"--it sounds too close to 25, which is close to thirty, which is close to 35, etc. It sounds too old, even though it is still young.

I'm 23. I work in retail, live with my parents, and sit up late at night, watching cartoons. Sadly, this is pretty typical of everyone I know, of America even. I don't know--I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something else, like I'm too old for this. In part it comes from being away at college for four years, and now coming home to the same house I lived in while in high school, and suddenly it's as though I never left--as though I didn't get any older, I was only on vacation. My adulthood has been forfited, and replaced by the ability to go to bars without worrying that they'd try to card me (which didn't happen when I was 19, but happens all the time now that I'm over 21).

Oh well.