It's my birthday tomorrow, and it's a big one. I am officially turning 25, which is basically one-fourth of my life over and done with.
I think the amazing part is what I remember. High school? I can hardly remember the names of the other students and teachers. But the Wayside School book I read in third grade? Memorized!
The lesson I should learn from this is that I shouldn't get so upset over the things that happen to me today (such as no one telling me the results of my staff evaluation). Odds are that I'm going to forget 90% of the school drama, anyway.
To "celebrate", I'm going to officially get rid of all the old stuff I don't need anymore. There are things that I saved so I could use them some point in the future--mostly books, but also a VHS tape collection of about 60 tapes--and instead of being a materialistic hoarder, I'm going to get rid of anything that only has a 5% chance of seeing the light of day again.
I started off with my old comic strip collections--Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, Little Orphan Annie. I had the large collection books, not the small ones, because the large ones have color strips. The library was very excited to receive them, because those books are constantly checked out of the kids section, and mine are in better shape than the ones they have now.
I take good care of my books, so most of them are in good enough shape for the library. Maybe 10% are in bad shape--my original Charlotte's Web has seen better days, and a third of the pages in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are falling out--so those will go to the Book Go Round, the library charity that takes care of donated books. 95% of my VHS tapes should go, but only two of my DVDs are junk-worthy, amazingly enough. As for my antique book collection, well...I want to read them before getting rid of them. Some of those rare 1920's L. Frank Baum books took me months to find.
Anyway, happy birthday to me. My birthday gift to me is a clean room!