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Turning 21: A milestone?

Updated on May 5, 2015

I promise my 21st won't be like this


So it's my birthday tomorrow. I haven't been a big birthday person for a few years now because it really feels like any other day; in my family, it's a sort of rule that you don't have to buy the kids presents when they turn 18. I guess the big deal about this birthday is that it's No. 21.

I think my friends are more excited than I am about this one. I'm one of the last of my group to reach 21, and they've been waiting for me to go to the bars, or out dancing to some "good" clubs. I don't feel like I've missed out on too much based on my age, other than renting a car, but from the way they talk, you would think I was born a few years too late.

I haven't been a teenager for a year now, and turning 20 was no big deal at all. As some people say, it was just another day. This time, however, it does seem like things will be different, and not just because 21 is the U.S. legal drinking age. I think it's related to the idea that people will think of me differently now that I'm the "big" 2-1.

I'm not in college anymore; I'm living on my own and making my own money. I have my first job after graduating and I'm ready to learn what I can about the "real world."

However, I am going to be of drinking age. I admit that I still consider 21 a very immature age. I am very curious about what people think of 21-year-olds in any context, and what their own experiences were in turning 21.

I hope people will comment on this Hub and reply to the questions posed: What do you think of 21-year-olds? What was it like when you turned 21?

Maybe your thoughts will help me get a better grip on this age. I want to be the best I can this year, but it will help to know what I am up against.

Also, if you're not quite 21 yet, please look at the last 2 links I included below. They're things you should do before you're 21. I've done almost all of them, and I have to say, my life seems pretty complete at this point.

Turning 21


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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for the link!

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      21st Birthday Ideas 6 years ago

      Indeed, turning 21 is a milestone. Just be responsible in everything you do and everything will flow smoothly. To all who will be turning 21, there are many fun and unique ideas on how to celebrate a 21st birthday here

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      JESSY 6 years ago

      IM turning 21 in august 23 im exicted even though ive been drinking since i was 17 i get to go to the bars with my 26 year old brother life's good right now hopefully it stay's that way

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you very much. I think that's a great outlook, and I certainly look forward to taking on all of the new challenges that await and enjoying the rewards.

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      Turning 21 6 years ago

      Like brewskitimeguy, you must enjoy your new found freedom - your independence. But there's one thing I would like you keep in mind: As you enjoy your freedom, every thing you will do should be coupled with responsibility. In this way, you will enjoy your freedom more.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks a lot - But you CAN change the world!

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      brewskitimeguy 6 years ago from Maine

      Happy is a time in your life when you truly declare your sovereign adulthood. I look at 21 yr olds as those with wide eyed enthusiasm.

      Mine was, I thought I could change the world...back in the 70's everyone thought that they could change the world.

      Enjoy your new found freedom...

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you everyone! Zach, thank you and happy birthday!

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      Zach 7 years ago

      I turned 21 this past Saturday. I didn't really feel any different, even though I am able to legally drink right now. I spent it with my cousin because his birthday is the day after mine. We did do some drinking, and I did get kind of drunk. Okay, really drunk, but my cousin kept his eye on me so nothing bad happened and I didn't get sick. I had a great weekend overall, and had I not drank it still would have been fun. I don't plan on drinking that often, though as its not something I am into. But anyway, any birthday is a reason for celebration, even if it feels like just another day. You've worked hard to get where you are now, I wish I was like you and started college earlier, I just started this past week. Your doing much better than most around your age. Definitely reward yourself for your accomplishments.

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      anthony 7 years ago

      i believe turning 21 is some sort of a milestone at least for me. i also think it is a point in one's life to begin to accept growth and allow some sort of change in the usual itsy bitsy routine. i also think it should be a dawn of new beginning and the doorway to a great long tunnel of life which has beaming lights at the end.

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      jamiyla  7 years ago

      5 days ago

      i turned 21 and it felt like another day i woke up did my morning routine and went to work and after that i just felt that there really no big deal about 21 i mean its just a number yeah you can drink legally but it really doesn't mean anything

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      c-mo 7 years ago

      Hey man. That's pretty early to graduate college... you must be a smart guy. Girls will dig that. Anyway i will tell you about my experiences lately.

      I just turned 21 in April, and at most bars an clubs (besides the freshman college bars) you are the youngest age there. I was at a club about a month ago and it was pretty standard pop hits mashed up with beats and all of that. I asked a girl to dance that I found very attractive. In most clubs it will be super loud which doesn't help conversation, so getting to the point is key. We talked breifly and she told me she was 23. Once I told her my age she made an inch gensture with her fingers saying I was just a bit too young.

      Luckily I was at this club withh a few guys and 2 girls that I was already dacning with. But they are somewhat friends that are wingwomen in a sense... After she said that I walked awa and began dancing with one of the girls we came with. Within 10 minutes she comes back over with her friend and couldn't stop staring at me with her friend giggling. Then she wanted to dance, but I said no because I was already busy. BOOM

      There is a lot here but I hope it helps. To conclude, get yourself out there. Don't be afraid to be let down. you will probably only see that girl once so who cares! At least you tried. Your supporting yourself and out of college which are 2 huge mature factors of your life that I wish I could say about myself. Also ask girls to guess your age, and if they say 23 then tell them they read you like a book. Have fun out there man.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone!

      Lauri, I'll drink to that! :) lol

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      Lauri 8 years ago

      I just turned 21 today. I don't feel any different! But I'm not going out and partying. I am just going to lunch with friends and dinner with the family. I don't need to drink to be 21.

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      social 8 years ago

      this 21 b-day all about the legal drinking age. i just turned 21 a week ago, and i got soo drunk to where i didn't remember it. =(

      happy 21st brithday is a day where i think the most pleasant expirence was to go to that bar and flag my id in the bouncers face. or so i imagined. THEY DIDN'T EVEN CHECK IT! my confindence and body language just showed to the bouncers that i was of legal age.

      i highly recommend you should celebrate your 21st birthday not of a day for liberating freedom (be honestly, you got drunk before 21), instead celebrate it as the cornerstone of where your life began and that you made it thru 21 years (since unfortunantly there were people that didn't live to that age), and to 21 more years to come.. ill drink to THAT!

      happy birthday!!!

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      tdarby 8 years ago

      This is really late--but happy B day.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for your thoughts, you guys! I think turning 21 and all that comes with it is a self-fulfilling prophecy these days... I wonder how it would be different if the legal drinking age was still 18? :)

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      saralise 9 years ago from United States

      My thoughts on being 21? I just reached that monumental birthday myself four days ago.

      Frankly, I agree with you and don't think I've missed out on much either and since I don't drink there was no great freedom handed to me on that day.

      However I do think the big difference is the way some other people view me--not my closest friends and family, but coworkers and professors and administrators at my college. I've gotten the impression thatbturning 21 means that I am now a full-fledged adult and they will expect me to act like one (although everyone tells me I've been acting like I was 25 for the last 5 years).

      For what they're worth, those are my thoughts on turning 21....

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      cjcs 9 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      A wee bit late myself, but I too hope you had a very happy day...birthday or not.

      I still wonder what it is about 21. It was a big deal when *I* turned 21, and there really wasn't anything to be gained from it -- the legal drinking age at the time being 18. Maybe it's a legacy thing. For much of U.S. history, you couldn't vote until you were 21, and thus 21 became a sort of magic number.

      Me...I like the prime-number birthdays, myself. No reason. Just like 'em.


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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      A day late but still can wish you a Happy 21st Birthday. Hope it was fun!

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you :)

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      einron 9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Many Happy Returns of the Day. Keep your cool and enjoy it for there is only one 21, and you will not get another day like it. Think what you wish to remember when you are 42 what you have accomplished on that day. Adios!