a week of birthday celebrations. so much love. seattle, washington.
two months have passed in paradise.
it feels like two hours and two years at the same time. i have done so much, created incredible connections with incredible people. i have fallen in love with everything and everyone and every experience. and i’ve done it all in record time.
i’m learning, figuring out who i am, who i want to be, and what i want from this glorious adventure, this insane year.
my world has become a flower blossoming with opportunity – so apt for the springtime, so perfect for all the tomorrows and next years and forever and evers.
so i’m making promises, not plans. finding joy, excitement, passion. feeling, with every sense, this world i wake in and fall asleep in – every day and night.
happiness fills my veins and pumps my heart so open to love and light.
it’s 4.16am and the roosters are crowing.
i can only guess they’re singing happy birthday to me.
it’s my birthday today, that makes me especially happy.
i love when people show me they love me, or think about me, or at least remember my birthday.
i hate it when they don’t.
it’s just who i am. sensitive and emotional and always hopeful. seeing the best in everyone, expecting my love right back.
i nearly got it all today. i’m happy with close enough. i love my friends, i love my family, more than i can say.
i drove off last night, knowing the excitement about to ensue.
burning in the back of my eyes, i fought off those tears of joy and i smiled to myself, alone in the car.
it was mum’s birthday. and i felt so good knowing she would be surprised, knowing she would have a fantastic night.
with every second that passed, i tried even harder to resist the urge to turn the car around and go home, just to see the look on her face when the limo pulled into the driveway.
be grateful to have been given one more day, let alone one more year. remember to dance in your nightgown, sing in the shower, ride a bike, fly a kite and take an occasional “wind bath” in your bare skin. give those you love big kisses and huge hugs, and the words “i love you” often and always. nurture your body rather than starve your soul with fad dieting. spend time with the old and the weary to better appreciate your life. on your birthday, call your mother and father wherever they are to thank them for all the have done for you, even if you think they haven’t done enough. watch “life is beautiful” at least once a year. remember you are not guaranteed tomorrow and that today is as good as it gets. thank god for every “thing,” every “day,” every moment.