Last year — exactly last year — my mom called me early in the morning, her tone upbeat and full of cheer.
“Your birthday’s tomorrow!” she sang into the phone. Wasn’t I excited?
“Yeah,” I had replied.
Then I burst into tears.
I cried a lot last year. A LOT. It was a year of turmoil and change, marked by strong emotion, hindered by fear.
But through those tears emerged an acceptance. And from that acceptance came an understanding. And from that understanding grew a strength I never realized was possible.
Last year, I vowed that things would change — I would start over, start fresh. As I celebrated my birthday, I found a subtle transformation was occurring, and as the year passed and more changes took place, I found how much I was changing, too.
This year, as I celebrate my birthday, I’m also celebrating what this past year has brought me: adventure in the form of a dream come true, opportunities in the form of a passion revisited, a rediscovery of who I am as a twenty-something, as an adult, as a person.
It has brought me a greater appreciation for everything I have in my life.
This year brought me you.
Yes, each and every one of you who have been along for this crazy ride, supported and encouraged, offered insight and perspectives, sharing a part of yourselves in the process.
You’ve made me smile, you’ve made me laugh, you’ve pulled me out of dark moments and helped me look at situations from a fresh angle. You’ve helped me realize that life is about appreciating the little moments and celebrating our small successes, our greatest joys.
So tomorrow as I celebrate my birthday, I’ll also be celebrating you.
As my way of giving back to those who have been on this journey with me, I’m offering a giveaway for a (very small) prize pack.
I’ve realized over this past year the power of positive thinking and just how true it is that thoughts become things. On Twitter, I hold conversations with the Universe as a way to find some sense of understanding, as a way of learning to listen to and trust myself. Now’s your chance to recount your own journey, no matter in what phase of it you may be, and talk back to the Universe…
This giveaway contains a beautiful journal from TUT for your own “Notes to the Universe,” a mix of the music that titles each blog post on this site, and a pack of tootsie rolls (I hear they make the perfect bribes).
How To Enter: Post a comment below telling us what you’re celebrating this day/month/year with your name and valid email address in the appropriate fields (email address not disclosed). Tomorrow, the recipient will be selected at random and posted here, so keep checking back!
It has been a long road, but one that I can, perhaps for the first time, see a bit more clearly. It’s one I’m glad to be traveling.
And I’m glad to be traveling it with you.
Celebrate every moment, because every moment matters.
And a very heartfelt thank you, once again, to each and every one of you for sharing your stories, but, even more, for your friendship.