On Tuesday I turn 21 years old.
I remember when I was 6.
When 21 seemed so far away.
When anyone over 16 might as well have been 40.
(I'm in the red. No idea what I was doing)
But now, here I am. Almost 21. And the world is a much different place than it was when I was 6. It has somehow gotten smaller and bigger at the same time. Every new discovery has led to more questions. The more I have traveled and experienced, the bigger the world seems and the less experienced I feel.
I suppose that is what is beautiful about life.
God breathed life and He is deep and infinite and mysterious.
I have learned a lot over the years.
I have learned how to have a good attitude while sitting on the bench during a basketball game.
How to speak French and navigate the Paris Metro - and how to pick out the perfect baguette.
I have learned that I'm most happy when the people around me are happy.
And that simple things, like coffee on a cold winter morning, are the greatest pleasures in life.
I have learned that God is the only constant in life.
Every one of my experiences have led me to that conclusion.
I have learned that I don't know everything about myself - But God does.
I have learned that too much of anything is a bad thing.
I have learned to stress less and be more spontaneous.
I have learned that two hour runs are actually quite fun once you get used to them.
And that hard work leads to accomplishments.
I have learned that listening to people's stories is the best way to... well, learn.
And I have learned that family is everything - whether that be the family you are born with or the family you acquire.
I know I have so much more to learn.
But the most important lesson I have learned is to trust in God.
So here's to 21. To all of the experiences I have had and to all the experiences I will have in the future. The future is still a mystery to me... my dreams are big but vague and surrounded by a haze that hasn't quite cleared yet.... But I'm so excited about life. So excited to see what's in store.