Turning 20

October 19th 1990 was the day I came to this world..

Today, October 19th 2010, I turn 20..


Turning 20 is not the magic moment when everything in life fall in its right place in. Its simply the time of your life when you are old enough to evaluate where do you stand in life, and young enough to still have fresh  hopes and dreams.

From where I stand now, I can see the puzzle pieces that I discovered where to place fitting in on one side, and those more puzzling spread out  waiting to be figured out on another side, and those connecting pieces in the center are waiting to bridge the gap.

These realizations were not an epiphany that I got magically when the clock struck 12 and I wasn’t 19 anymore.It was a building up sense of growing up, That I’m not a child.

It started when I was going through the papers on my desk, and found my 101-things to-do list which I wrote a couple of years before. I was happy to see that some items were done ( I went to hajj. I got into medical school. I have a blog. etc…) Obviously other things needed more time (bungee jumping , sky diving, and visiting Disney Land) , and others just less procrastinating ( loosing weight!)

In the past 20 years -I feel old saying this!- I think that I had a good life:

I was blessed with the best parents anyone can ever have. I had great siblings and cousins to play with. I learned to read before most kids of my age  and I loved it. I went to a good pre-school -and then school which I still have happy memories of. (I remember being the tallest in my class, until 7th grade when I stopped growing and everyone got taller :p) I had great many friends throughout the years who I bonded with like sisters.

I am very thankful for that and for many more things in my life

which seems I can’t remember now :/

Today, I’m 20 years old. I start chapter 2 of my life as I see it. I have a sharper vision, a clearer perspective of life, and a realistic approach. I have new goals and new confidence and I still have my dreams which I’ll treasure forever.

Today, Im promising myself to be a better person in this life. One who hopes to be remembered for a long time after I leave..

On a last note, Abraham Lincoln once said:

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”


Happy Birthday to me ♫


About Afnan Amer

A Medical Intern who likes to think of herself as curious, ambitious, and a Book worm with interest in documentaries and dependence To-Do lists. A believer in social responsibility and the volunteering culture. You were not taught how to talk to remain silent!
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