Today is my birthday.
My 26th birthday.
And I would by lying
if I said
did not scare me.
It sounds so serious.
Like I should have my life a little more figured out.
It feels…. old.
Ok I know most of you are rolling your eyes right now… but hear me out!
In the past, when I pictured myself over 25, I imagined a life very different from my own.
One with a career.
And most certainly a place to live.
I think each of us imagines a life we believe we are supposed to have, at a certain age.
Are we too young to actualize certain dreams?
Too old to allow ourselves to have dreams at all?
Well, today I urge myself, and all of you, to let go of expectations associated with your age.
Your age is not a benchmark for what the outside world considers achievement.
It is a measure of how much life you have lived.
How much you have grown.
A celebration of the gift of life. Your life.
Today is a reminder to celebrate myself.
Exactly where I am.
Exactly who I am.
Thank you for being a part of that year, and for celebrating with me today.
I took these photos in Cartagena, Colombia, an absolutely magical city dear to my heart.