This month I turned 28.
Born on September 11th, my birthday is somewhat marred by people twisting their faces when I tell them it’s when I was born. I’ve learned to take it in stride, of course, and always give 9/11/01 the focus it deserves. I also choose to celebrate life on this day: the lives of those affected, and mine because I am lucky to have it.
This year’s birthday taught me one very important thing: I am blessed.
At 28, I have come into my own in a way I’d never expected. I am happy (stupidly). I am in love (madly). I am spoiled by friends and family (overwhelmingly).
On my actual birthday, my boyfriend took me to a favorite place of ours, which he proudly proclaimed “our spot“. We ate by candlelight in the center table in the window of this restaurant while I basked in his smile. I couldn’t have asked for more. That weekend, I enjoyed beers by the water with friends (+ our other halves). Laughter was accompanied by surprise cupcakes lit aflame with far too many candles (is that what old age looks like?) while I gasped at the spectacle. Lucky me, really.
So, in embracing routines, I am making a new list of birthday goals (because birthdays are our personal New Years – a chance to start fresh and try something new). Here’s my list for 28:
This was my first goal last year as well. I think it is forever pertinent because I don’t think you can ever be too connected to old friends and family members. Be it by mail, phone, twitter, Instagram, I plan to make every effort to stay connected.
Fully & with my entire being.
Plan For The Future
There is a house on my block that was for sale 3 years ago. It’s since sold, but every time I walk past this gorgeous free-standing home in Astoria, I envision a future life with a yard to groom, a car to wash in the driveway, a dog to walk, and a porch to read on with my love. I certainly won’t have reached these goals by next September, but I can at least take baby steps towards them.
Read and Write
I made my college career off of those two things. They meant the world to me then, and they still do now. This year, I want to try to complete my first manuscript. And I want to read as many books as possible for inspiration.