Happy Birthday to Me

BIRTHDAY GIRL! This was the barbie dream house that dad said almost ended up in the garbage because it was such a pain in the ass to build.

Look out world, I have just entered my mid-30s. I have no qualms over getting older. My aunt told everyone she was 26 my entire life. It took me a few years before I realized that she can’t turn 26 every year. In fact, I only found out her real age when she died and it was in her obituary. Honestly, she’ll probably haunt whoever put her real age forever. My mom, on the other hand, would always tell people she was much older – at least 5 to 10 years older. Each time she did that, the person would be completely taken aback and say, “Wow, you look amazing for your age!” My mom does look fantastic for her age (both my parents do, I got the best genes) but when you think she’s 5+ years younger, she looks even better!

When I got to my late 20s, everyone younger than me seemed so anxious about me turning 30. And I mean everyone. On my 29th birthday, the youngsters told me how crazy it was that this’ll be my last year in my 20s and then I’ll be THIRTY, as if it was the equivalent of literally being on my death bed. It was in vast contrast to anyone I talked to who was 40+. Their outlook was refreshing. They said, “My 30s were the best years of my life.” It’s a time where you’re officially out on your own, usually pretty well into your career, and starting to make real life choices (buying a house, having kids). So for me, I’m excited. Plus, I’m turning 33 and it seems fun because it’s a double number. My logic is perfectly fine because it’s my birthday and I can decide whatever I want.

I’ve already done posts for my birthday where I talk about things I’ve learned over the years or things I wish someone had told me before I hit my 30s and blah blah blah. This year, I’d like to keep it a little light-hearted and tell you the 33 movies you should watch before you die (in no particular order). I’m also giving no explanation, you just have to trust me. I have excellent taste in movies, thanks.

  1. Promising Young Woman
  2. Girl Interrupted (you should also really read the book)
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Remember the Titans
  5. Schindler’s List
  6. The Green Mile
  7. The Crow
  8. Empire Records
  9. Reservoir Dogs
  10. Fight Club
  11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  12. Blindspotting
  13. Scream
  14. Back to the Future (sequels optional)
  15. Jurassic Park
  16. The Matrix
  17. The Dark Knight (other Christian Bale related Batmans optional)
  18. Harry Potter (yes, all 8 of them)
  19. The Goonies
  20. The Lost Boys
  21. Pulp Fiction
  22. Momento
  23. Jennifer’s Body
  24. Lady Bird
  25. Clueless
  26. 10 Things I Hate About You
  27. Desperately Seeking Susan
  28. Good Will Hunting
  29. Inglourious Basterds
  30. Black Swan
  31. Get Out
  32. The Big Lebowski
  33. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

That was way harder than expected. And I’m throwing a bonus one of Labyrinth up there (I know, you all thought it was going to make it up there but I just didn’t know what to remove). Maybe I should have saved this idea for my 34th birthday.

Anyway, have fun binging movies and don’t forget to wish me a happy birthday. Scorpios Unite.

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