Who knew I would be celebrating my 24th birthday in a quarantined state?! 24 looks a lot different than I envisioned it at the beginning of 2020, but it feels so right celebrating it with the people closest to me. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being with me through these years; watching me grow each year and your support through the ups and downs has been my greatest blessing.
23 has taught me a lot of things; it has taught me that rejection is not a reflection of our abilities, rather it’s a redirection of our intentions. Instead of dwelling in the past and how things should have worked out, I’ve learned to accept the curveballs of life, however many there are, and to be thankful of the opportunities to grow and push my limits. So through this new chapter, I want to learn deeper into my emotions to laugh OR cry when I need it, give grace where it’s due, form greater life-connections with amazing people and abolish those fears over trying something new because challenges are what keeps us growing.
I start every birthday with an optimist mindset over what the new year entails. For me, it’s another chance to check in with myself, whether it’s my mental health, physical state or progress in my goals. Often times it means re-aligning my mission statements, prioritizing specifics in my life that makes sense for the current state, or allowing myself to just breathe. Through all the obstacles I’ve faced in last year alone, I’ve learned to be more in tune with my feelings, mindset and allow myself to take time to feel.
I’ve also realized more concretely that timing is key to everything in life, even though a lot of the paths surrounding it are beyond our control. 23 has taught me to be patient. Things happen for a reason and at the right time according to whatever you believe in, whether it’s fate, destiny or a higher being. Some plans and goals don’t work out and while disappointing and sometimes devastating in the moment, the answer to why always ensues soon enough.
All in all, I am hopeful and excited to continue to grow and learn about the world and also my own resilience. I actually went back to read my post on 23 Things I’ve Learned in 23 Years and all those statements still hold strong to this day. 2020 has been quite weird already but I know it’s going to be a year to remember (for many reasons). I am thankful for all the blessings that are already in my life from a supportive family and friend circle, meeting new people every day via these social platforms, to a new job that provides so much support in all arenas of my needs. Turning 24 has be excited for all the ups that it will continue to bring! The rest of today is catered towards celebrating my 24th birthday to its glory!
A million and one thanks for reading – until my next lil’ thought then!
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