Tomorrow (technically today) is my 26th
birthday. I don’t quite understand birthdays (are we celebrating me surviving another year of adulthood?), but this year, I’m using it as an opportunity to look back on what I’ve accomplished or weathered in the past year as well as to look forward to how I can improve in the next. And since I’m feeling pretty ineloquent, I’m going to do a pictorial tour of my 26th
|My first finished draft, November 2013|
|Wicked at the Benedum, February 2014|
|Got my first flat tire thanks to this guy, June 2014|
|History lessons in Johnston, PA, June 2014|
|Book haul from the PA Literary Festival, June 2014|
|Hiking in Rocky Gap, MD, August 2013|
|Bridesmaid duties, March 2014|
|Finding inspiration at Margaret Mitchell's house in Atlanta, December 2013|
|Hanging at the Point, June 2013|
|The view from my uni, June 2013|
|Visiting Chicago, July 2013|
|My Christmas tree, December 2014|
|Visiting Virginia, December 2013|
|Phipps Conservatory Winter Lights, January 2014|
|Doodles from a student worker, March 2014|
|Pennsylvania Rebellion pro softball game, June 2014|
|Full moon, June 13th, 2014|
I visited a PC buddy in Georgia over the Christmas holidays.
She lived right beside a church with a very powerful sound system, and as we
got in the car to go out for the day, we decided to sit and listen for a few
minutes. The reverend told a story about being on an airplane. The plane was on
the runway but delayed. He fell asleep. When he woke up, he thought they were
at their destination already, but they hadn’t even taken off. They hadn’t gone
back to the gate, though, either. And his point was: “I may be delayed, but I’m
not going backward.” My life feels more like it’s moving sideways rather than
forwards, but when I get down about it, I try to remember that.
And moving into my 27th year, I’m starting to
think about what I want to improve in myself and in my life. Therefore, I’m
reposting some promises I wrote down at the new year along with some new ones.
Study a language.
Play music more.
Spend more time with the people I love.
Eat healthily but not berate myself when I slip up.
Read as much as I possibly can.
Drink lots of tea.
Remember that anyone I meet could be having a bad day and that smiling just may
Sing along to really loud music.
Bake cookies just for the smell of them.
Read more nonfiction.
Be a good friend.
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