Welp, it’s today! You, know…my birthday! You mean it’s not marked in your calendars as a national holiday?! Kidding of course 🙂 I’m currently celebrating by frolicking around Magic Kingdom (one of my most favorite places) with Ted (one of my most favorite people)! #bestbirthdayever It won’t be a post-less birthday, however! I planned ahead. I decided a couple months of ago that I wanted my birthday post to be a compilation of things I’ve learned throughout my life thus far.
I remember when I was younger, birthdays meant treats at school, family parties, picking a cake design (I vividly remember those cake binders at the bakery with the glossy pictures of all the various images they could create out of mounds of buttercream), and lots of fun presents. As I got older, birthdays just sort of came and went and I started to realize I was getting older (I swear this happens at younger, and younger ages) and having obligations on my birthdays instead of parties. I remember I attended a Saturday MCAT class on one of my birthdays, one I was deathly ill (which isn’t an obligation, but still no fun!), and last year I took my NCLEX for nursing. #partay #not
This year seems different, however. I’m realizing how much I love getting older. It’s a privilege denied many, and the older I get the more sure I become sure of myself which is such a beautiful gift in and of itself. I’m only 25 so, in the grand scheme of things, I know almost nothing. I do however, feel as though I’ve already grasped the fact that age is truly just a number.
Sure, the law prohibits and allows us to do and not to do various things depending on our age, but the important stuff-love, loss, suffering, success, sense of humor, attitude, passion, happiness, defeat, overcoming- those things know no age. I choose not to think of birthdays as a marker of “getting older”, rather a marker of more life lived and more to live. Life is the best gift afforded to any of us and mine has been blessed, and great and taught me so much thus far.
Here are the 25 things I think it’s taught me most:
Thank you to the bottom of my heart to my amazing boyfriend, my loving family, and my wonderful friends that helped to make this birthday amazing! Here’s to more birthdays, and more life lessons! BRING ‘EM ON!