(picture taken today with my folks after birthday lunch)
Today I turned 37.
I still think of myself as â€œpost-college-aged.â€
But 37 is definitely â€œnot young.â€
Hell, lots of people have already had their mid-life crises by this time.
And I still like to think about what Iâ€™ll do â€œwhen I grow up.â€
But when I sit back and look at my life, I am pretty darn happy with where Iâ€™m at.
In fact, this last year has been nothing short of extraordinary.
From the ideaâ€™s inception, to her artistic transformation, to grandpaâ€™s ashes integration, to the 6 city Hug Tour of last October. As I described the whole thing last weekend, I realized it may be the artistic â€œperformanceâ€ I am most proud of.
This birthday marks our year anniversary since first contacting each other online. It has been a growth-filled journey of rich communication and supportive adventures.
Spending time with my nephew this year has been so wonderful. I feel like his purity teaches me lessons as profound as the wisest spiritual teachers. Iâ€™ve also found a renewed respect and awe for all the parents out there.
My social life has transformed into far less clubbing and far more brunching. The truth is I really, really enjoy spending time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.
This year I tried to let go of ambition and focus more on being true to the moment. I tried to make â€˜living in love and integrityâ€™ my main objective. The result was more opportunities (with less stress) than I have ever had before.
I am so blessed.
If you are reading this, thank you for being a part of my life.