So yesterday was my 21st birthday, and unlike many many 21 year olds out there, my celebrations were pretty tame. And that’s just the way I like them, to be perfectly honest.
I’ve seen myself grow and change drastically in the past year of being 20 and now that I’m officially a year older, I feel that I can reflect and see how God has transformed me and my relationships. I used to want to “have fun” (oh how I hate that phrase) like all other juniors in college like to have fun. But now that my perspective has shifted ever so slightly, I can see that there are so many other more meaningful things to enjoy and experience in life that campus culture likes to ignore.
Appreciating the natural beauty of a bright orange lizard in a misty forest with the guy I love, hearing a first grader’s thoughts about God, feeling truly loved by my parents, helping out a young mother with her daughter, catching up with old friends and eating good food, watching historical documentaries with my dad, telling people that I love and appreciate them, laughing with my family, and having soul-baring conversations with best friends. I’ve experienced all of these moments within the past week and it just makes my soul sing. I feel so completely content and satisfied with where I am and who I am, which hasn’t really happened in a long while.
I know that this is a weirdly personal post based off of my previous posts, but I feel the need to share how much I have hope for the future, and my wish is that whoever happens to read this can see those small moments in life that bring you joy as the moments that make life worth living. As cliche as that sounds, I haven’t completely understood that saying until just now.
There are things much deeper and more important than superficial friendships, pretending to be someone you’re not, and yearning for popularity. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I know how much better it feels to be sincere, humble, honest, and true to yourself and to other people. Like Dr. Seuss says, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”