Thank you all so much for the birthday love. 28 has certainly been the best year thus far, but I hope to continue to be able to say that at the end of each lap around the sun. It feels weird saying it, but 28 was the year in which I FINALLY STARTED living life on “my own terms.” Its hard to believe that for decades I tried so hard to earn grades, get jobs, climb ladders, find my people, find a place where I felt at home, find my THING, please everyone else before myself, and ultimately get a piece of paper that says ‘YOU CAN NOW GET A FEW MORE JOBS WITH THIS PIECE OF PAPER THAN YOU COULD HAVE BEFORE YOU GOT THIS PIECE OF PAPER,’ all with hopes that these paths would make me feel comfortable in my own skin. Now, I feel like I’ve finally learned a couple of the secrets to life and my only regret is that I could have gleaned this knowledge earlier if I had only decided to—that, in and of itself, I believe is the true secret; you CAN do ANYTHING you DECIDE TO DO. I know we’ve all seen cliché quotes like this in all the public school buildings we attended growing up and perhaps the words and their meaning seemed fantastical or only applied to a very small number of us, but after 28 years of feeling disillusioned by dreams and hopes and inadequate levels of satisfaction, I’ve applied this childlike, positive ideology and it has changed my life completely. Obviously, existence is different for everyone and there is no cure-all approach to happiness, but I’m glad that after 28 years I’ve found one for me.
DECIDE to live life on your own terms. FIND the people, the place and the passion that fills you. MANAGE your time and your energy prudently. DETACH yourself from all negativity. AVOID people that belittle your dreams, avoid people that have no follow-through. TREAT YOURSELF, take care of your mind, body and soul. CELEBRATE even the smallest of accomplishments. REEVALUATE CONSTANTY, ‘is what you’re doing, growing corn?’ If you aren’t happy, change it up and do what you want to do. WORK, WORK, WORK, and then work some more—If you don’t work for what you want, then don’t go pointing any fingers when you can’t get no satisfaction—PROVE YOURSELF WRONG.