In the year of me being 28 I have come to acknowledge just how fragile and powerful our lives are. In a blink of an eye our time here can be over, and yet we have the ability to impact millions with how we go about living our lives. It’s rare that my Birthday lands on the same day as Father’s Day and yet it feels so appropriate. When I was 18 my Father said (out of love) that once I’m capable of leaving home to never come back. He insisted that I go and experience this beautiful, broken, complicated and inspiring world instead of returning to a place that I already know. This time last year I was handed the cancer card and that motivated me to go and say yes to new experiences. To meet strangers from cultures I’m unfamiliar with. To challenge myself physically and mentally on the daily. I didn’t necessarily grind the pavement in moving forward with my acting career or try to be skinny to get that next print ad, but I gained life experiences that no one can take away. I feel it’s in these moments that we finally gain perspective on our priorities. So instead of celebrating my Birthday today I’m celebrating my main Man who is the original explorer, experience seeker and storyteller. Thank you Dad for encouraging me to not only be a hard worker, but also instilling a sense of purpose in my craft. To share humanity’s story is to know humanity’s story. Happy Father’s Day Dad.