The Birthday Post - This American Girl

Luna Media Hostel

 

Hi.

 

Today is my birthday.

 

My 26th birthday.

 

And I would by lying

 

if I said

 

that 26

 

did not scare me.

 

Cartagena Sweets

 

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!

 

Cartagena Cafe

 

In the past, when I pictured myself over 25, I imagined a life very different from my own.

One with a career.

A partner.

And most certainly a place to live.

 

Luna Media Hostel

 

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?

 

Cartagena street

 

Well, today I urge myself, and all of you, to let go of expectations associated with your age.

 

Cartagena statue

 

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.

 

Cartagena rooftops

 

Today is a reminder to celebrate myself.

Exactly where I am.

Exactly who I am.

 

Cartagena door
Today is a reminder that I have spent another year gaining experience, insight, and wisdom to connect deeper with the person I truly 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. 

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