Today is my birthday and it’s an occasion that marks the end of a chapter and the start of a new one. I am turning 27 years old. I am not entirely sure how I should feel about that yet, I am still formulating my thoughts; am I old? Is it too late to change the course of my life? What is to become of the rest of my life? Have I made the right decisions thus far? Pause. FREAKOUT! Pause again. (ohhhh.. what it’s like to be inside of my head)
You see, there are two distinct occasions where I go into a deep mode of reflection; New Years and birthdays. In that process, a lot of emotions are realized, I exhaustingly re-examine the case of the year before and how it has led me to the present moment. In that process, I look through all my journals; marked with the distinct moments of change. It’s not always easy, in fact, this intense need to re-examine my life (in its entirety) is the reason why I don’t often look forward to either of these occasions.
When I look back at last year, I can honestly say that everything has changed in (surprisingly) the best possible way. There are still a lot of uncertain territories for me to cross in my life journey, but I’ve been told that is all just “part of the process”. Last year, there were a lot of crossroads and difficult decisions to be made and I hope I have laid the groundwork for the next stage in my life and career.
One year ago today, I was in Vegas with an awesome group of girlfriends from Vancouver and Toronto, we had the time of our lives, seriously. There are just no words for the awesome combination of events and food that was the adventures of last year and it sure kept my mind off going far too deep into reflecting (because too much of that isn’t good either).
This year I was determined to have a low-key night in Vancouver and just as I was settling into doing just that with a box of tissues and my journals by my bedside, my best friend changed everything. Showing up with packed bags, demanding that I get my passport so we can spend my birthday in Seattle. With some hesitation, I did just that and as chance would have it, we met up with some of our friends who were also in Seattle this weekend. And so, what was meant to be a low-key birthday, turned out to be a pretty amazing, fun and food filled getaway none of which was planned!
As I sit here today, writing this post, I am humbled…simply humbled by what life can bring your way. I am not sure what the future year will hold for me and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I do know one thing for certain; I am surrounded by people who have become the pillars of strength that I needed to make some big girl changes and I couldn’t be more grateful to have them in my life.
I also know that all of YOU, my amazing readers, fellow bloggers, and friends have become a major part of my life. I read your comments and emails, which have been a priceless part of my journey. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Please have a little something sweet for me today!!
Cheers to entering my late 20’s, I welcome it with some hesitation but mostly with open arms! To adventures and beyond, to growth and even more change~