First birthday, 1984. Oh yeah, cake is goooood.
A birthday post naturally includes mom too :) Love you and thanks for the birthday!
Today is my 28th birthday. So far, it's been great- I woke up to birthday wishes from Bobby, ran W1D2 of C25K, and have been showered with lots of birthday love via FB, texts, and phone calls. All in all I'm very happy to be turning 28. I was thinking about how much fun I've had in my 20's, and I believe that is part of why I'm not freaking out about turning 28 (turning 27 last year was a lot more strange for me because it felt so much further away from 25 than 26, don't ask my why). I can't say there is anything I've wanted to do that I haven't done so far. If I had put my dreams on hold, or not gone on the adventures I wanted to go on (living in Japan and traveling), or not paid off my debt and completed my master's degree (two big goals I set for myself upon returning home from Japan) I might feel differently. I'm also happy and content to be settled down with Bobby, because I had plenty of time being single, dating around, and generally enjoying a second round of college life as a grad student. I feel like I've been an active participant in my life thus far, making the choices I wanted to, and I'm happy with those choices- the good and the bad. I'm also so very grateful to be able to make such choices, because I know so many people in this world (especially women) don't have the same opportunities.
At this point I'm excited to see where late 20's/early 30's takes me. I've thoroughly enjoyed my past, and I'm grateful for the experiences, but I'm not pining for it. And I'm not worried about the future, or stepping into the 30's soon. I guess what I've learned is that getting older is a lot less scary if you're truly living your life the way you want to. I will fully admit that 28 is a far cry from getting older as we traditionally define it, but right now it's the oldest I've ever been, so I'm just working off of what I know so far :) Lastly, this might be a weird thing to include on a birthday post, but I really love this lecture. I particularly love the part about enabling the dreams of others...