“Let go of the idea of what is normal, and go live your life the way you really want it to live.” ― Shanti

Today I am 22. That is so weird to write. In the time between when I slept and when I awoke (not too long ago), I became 22. Wow.  Of course, this is not original at all, but I started my morning with (1) a flurry of text messages about my sister’s and friend’s airline struggles and (2) Taylor Swift. The Taylor Swift bit is the unoriginal aspect of this morning.

I like to treat my birthdays like New Year’s Day. I made birthday resolutions or goal posts for emotional, spiritual, and physical growth. In addition, I tend to make lists of what I have learned over the past year of my life. Today, I’m going to share with you my list, some of my goals for the next year of my life, and my plans for the day!

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“People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.” ― Johnny Depp

I turned twenty-one yesterday.

It didn’t dawn on me when I received a barrage of phone calls in the morning; it didn’t dawn on me when my parents, still-dressed in pajamas, sang “Happy Birthday” off-key in a falsetto that I can’t shake; it dawned on me when my siblings hooked their arms through mine in the backdrop of seagulls, the boardwalk, hagglers, and chatter. For a moment, all I thought was it has happened. I had crossed, seemingly, the purgatory that lies between girlhood and womanhood.

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