It's such a weird feeling to say I'm going to be 26.  This is the age I have been dreading since I was able to drink.

Growing up, all my friends had their "Golden Birthdays" in Elementary, Middle, and High school.  I always said it'd be a lifetime until I got to celebrate my Golden Birthday.

Seriously, when I was 16 I always thought, "Man, it'll feel like an eternity to reach 26."

Well, here we are.  Turning 26 on June 26th.  A bittersweet moment I'd say!

On the left, I was 16.  On the right, that's me now.  Have I aged at all?!

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"Adulting Sucks": Illinois Woman Shares Feelings About Turning 26

This chapter in my life is called 'Adulting Sucks.'  Why?

Because one big life change happens for me this year: I get kicked off my parents' insurance.  Yup, the moment nobody hopes for - including me.


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On the bright side, here are 5 things I love about turning 26.

#1: I'm entering a new chapter in life with the best group of friends

#2: I'm proud to say I've still lived my entire life in Rockford, Illinois

#3: My high school 10-year reunion is almost here...

#4: I can't wait to say "yes" to everything I'm invited to (my friends know I used to say no to everything because I was lame)

#5: The older I get, the more I realize life moves very fast.  It makes me not take anything for granted anymore!

Shoutout to all the people who fill my life with so much joy + laughter.  I couldn't ask for a better group of family and friends to do this next part of life with!

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And to my internet best friend, Shaiy, I'm so glad you've been in my life since I was 15!

Related: Illinois Woman Visited Disney World 23 Times & She’s Only 25 

So, if you're celebrating your Golden birthday this year, happy birthday!  It's a milestone I know I'll never forget and I'm ready to take on this next chapter of life with the people I truly love.

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