It may come as no surprise to you that I am a HUGE fan of birthdays!
Give me an excuse to celebrate, and I’m there!
I thrive off of happiness, excitement and “good vibes”. I love people. I love happy people. I love laughing with people. I love having fun. and I REALLY love cake!
You may or may not know that today is my birthday. My 21st birthday, to be exact.
I recently received an email from a very dear friend and she was telling me about how she felt that there was something wrong with her when she was 21 because she had yet to go on her first date, while all around her her friends were in happy relationships. The crazy thing is, she had no idea that that is my story as well; 21, never been on a date before and wondering if perhaps it’s either because of something I am or because of something I’m not.
But, I’ve also realized that I want to travel and explore and have fun and just learn who I am and what I want out of life and where I want to go in life and so much more!
There’s a quote that says “Youth is wasted on the young,” and when I first heard it, I thought to myself that it is kind of a strange thing to say, but as I’ve thought about it, I realized that young people really do waste their youth. They party and have fun, but what they aren’t realizing is that they could be using their youth, their ambition, their drive and their motivation to be moving and shaking and making a real difference. But, too often, by the time people realize these things, it’s all gone. They have families they have to worry about, jobs that they pretty much hate but have to stick with because they have a mortgage and new car to pay off and they don’t have the freedom, ambition, opportunity or drive to be able to do any of the things that they would have done.
I grew up around older people. My brothers and I were the only constant children in the church up until I was 8 when we started attending another church, and even then, I was the youngest of all the kids, so when everyone graduated, I was the only youth-and now young adult- in my church, and I have heard so many people say “I wish I would have done fill in the blank before I got married/started my career etc.”
Because of hearing things like this so much, I promised myself that I din’t want to get through life and think to myself that I wish I would have done something. When I think of getting to the end of my life, I don’t want to think “I wish I would have done that”. Instead, I want to be able to look back and say that I held nothing back. That I took chances, that I trusted God and did crazy-awesome things that I would never have gotten to do on my own. I want to look back with wide-eyed wonder at all the adventured I took during this awesome time of youth and singleness. I want to be able to say that I got to explore some amazing places and that I met some amazing people. I want to be able to look back at all the times I stumbled and fell and be able to say that God is so faithful and that throughout all the messes I made, he made a masterpiece and that it’s one epic and unique piece of “modern” art.
I have a good feeling that 21 is going to be a year of exploring. A year of taking chances, making memories and learning a lot more about myself, the world, who God is, who he has called me to be, what he has called me to and hopefully a whole lot more!
I want to say thank you, to all of you who helped make this last year amazing!
You mean the world to me!