A Birthday to Remember

“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.”


Unlike most Americans who spend their 21st birthday in a bar, I spent mine eating donuts and receiving cute cards and poems from the Nepali children I am currently living with. The quote above, one of my all time favorites, rings very true to why I have chosen to do this trip now rather than after I finish my studies. I believe that travel is the best education, so why not spend my twenties learning, growing, and becoming the best person I can be while experiencing cultures around the world. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I’m in bed by nine (and to be honest, normally by eight), I read the BBC every morning, and I would much prefer to go on a run alone than to hang out with my peers. I’m not exactly your typical twenty-one year old to say the least.

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