August 15th, and it’s another trip around the sun. Today, I celebrate life. More specifically, I celebrate MY life. The good days, the glorious days, the worst days, the unexpected days, and every other one in between. To be entirely honest, in my mind, this birthday was supposed to be different. I thought I’d celebrating in a different way, munching on a few extra slices slices of cake, sipping water, rather than champagne, and looking forward to a little life on the horizon, instead of focusing on my own.
Well, if I’ve learned anything about life this year, it’s to expect the unexpected, and roll with the punches, through the smiles, the tears, the heartaches and the celebrations. I’ve learned to free fall into the arms of the ones I love. It’s hard. It’s painful. None of it is easy. Regardless…it’s life, and I’m living it. I’m grateful and appreciative.
So my goal? To care for myself, to be kind to myself, to love myself, and to move forward in my own life with pride and strength. You can’t control the minutes and seconds that go by, but you can control your outlook on life. And sometimes , you need to chuck the rule book out the window, and live fearlessly looking to the future. That’s exactly what I intend to do.
I feel lucky and grateful for this life, and the loved ones I have to support me, as well as the community and friendship I’ve found in you.
In this next year, I look forward to focusing on the things I love most, spending time with the people I adore, and hopping a plane for an adventure from time to time, because traveling fills my heart.
So, cheers to this life, and the next year. “Life is short. Wear sequins and enjoy the party.”