I recognize that every birthday is in fact a new chapter of life, its a new representation of maturity, responsibilities, and self. So in true fashion, the wake of my birthday is a time of reflection…honest reflection. I am the product of my environment and as I trace life back I can truly see how I became me: the actions of my father and mother, the nature of my school, my family, my church. Every situation and choice that I have made landed me in the position I am in now, and I can further recognize how every decision I now make will tie together to orchestrate what will be. Life is a chaotic mess, though i’ve learned it is how we react that can truly make it beautiful.
This years resolution is to embrace the uncertainties of life. Its more than living in the moment and being present, its being able to keep pushing when the going gets tough and laughing at yourself for running out of gas on the highway. I’m letting life be an adventure that I get ready for each day knowing that everything eventually will change. But today ill be here and when tomorrow arrives ill be there too. This is chapter 21.

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” Christy Ann Kartine

this is one of my favorite quotes to date. it for some odd reason grounds me. Its funny how the mundane things in life, the things we truly take for granted, are the only things we need. Like do you ever just think about how crazy it is to be alive, with a functioning brain, and functioning lungs, and hell functioning taste buds. the world is so dynamic, it is so detailed, and if we take the time out to see it i think we would truly be amazed.

i saw a woodpecker on on my own for the first time and it made me feel like a kid. it was something i’ve always known about, studied about, but never taken the time out to see. in reality i could be blind, but for some reason God gave my eyes the ability to see. events in my life have forced me to realize that nothing is forever and nothing is guaranteed. take advantage of what you have now: your family, your youth and vitality, because unbeknown to you is the expiration dates, and regret is one hell of a bitch. so find yourself in the appreciation of the small things, the mundane things, the appreciation of life.

april 27, 2019

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