The last day as a…

The last day I spent as a 23-year old was the best day of my life…because I knew that the next day, I would celebrate my birthday.

And here we are…

Today, was great. I spent most of my time surrounded by people I love and have made my life happier every single minute of every day. I enjoyed work because I could see the smiles erupt as soon as I said cake or chocolate. I’ve had close friends send me messages wishing me a happy birthday and old ones posting on my Facebook wall.

This year it was the first time I felt overwhelmed with love. I didn’t just look at the number on my screen saying how many friends posted a birthday message, or sharing every single moment on social media. I just stopped and spent the day just enjoying myself and really take in my surroundings.

Ultimately, I uttered three words that have changed my attitude towards life, at least today. I am grateful.

Grateful to have been born into such a loving family. Yes, we do have our bad days, but the love and understanding that they give me, make me want to find that love, give that love and understand that these people have brought me here to fill up their lives, but boy they have filled up mine.

Grateful for friends that I can count on and that I believe in. I feel comfortable speaking with them but then I listen. I’m grateful that I’ve found time in my life to listen to people and give them an ear and shoulder when they need it.

Grateful to have had the experiences I had up until now, they have built a stronger person, that is me. They have hurt me and broken my spirits but it’s only one setback. Get up and turn the world upside down.

Grateful to finally be focusing on myself, learning about self-love and working on finding a path that I enjoy doing. I’m 24 now, and I still don’t know what I’ll be doing in the next five years, but you know what it’s okay.

Cherish the memories and just enjoy every single day. Be mindful and be kind.

I’ll try and work on myself this year, I’ll get back to you when I’m 25 years old.

Stay positive, stay you.

Your virtual friend,

Audrey

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