Every six years, I have the blessing of sharing my birthday with my (second) favorite holiday — Thanksgiving! (My favorite holiday being New Year’s). This year, I have that blessing again.
Today, at 2:22pm, I turn 27 years old.
Every year, I enjoy having family gather around and squeeze into my parents’ kitchen and express their love and gratitude for another year of blessings and abundance. I reflect on the love of the people around me and say a blessing for my family. I reflect on my actions and my life and all I have to be thankful for.
This year is the same and this year is different. This year, I am still thankful for my family and my friends and everyone around me. But this year, I am also grateful for my life in a way that I have never fully understood until now. It feels like I have unlocked a depth within me that has filled with humility and appreciation. I can feel my heart swell with emotions and I know that I am whole.
My whole heart appreciates you. My whole heart appreciates the kindness you have shown me. My whole heart appreciates the love you have given me. My whole heart appreciates the strength and courage that I have found within myself.
Admittedly, I had a better way of writing this in my head while I was showering and damn it, I don’t feel like it’s coming out the way I want. But that’s okay. I will add on to it later…
For now, I have to finish getting ready and join the party.
I love you all.