Today, is my birthday and today I turn nineteen. This past year has been one of the greatest yet. I know it’s easy to catch yourself saying that every year but this one has truly been different than the last. I have grown so much, not only in realizing who I am, but who I want to be. I have learned my strengths and how to use them to the best of my abilities. I have also learned my weaknesses. I will share some of my thoughts with you in hopes that they will inspire you.
I have learned things about friendship. Everyday, I find myself reflecting on the women I share life with and am extremely thankful for them. Each one of them is powerful in their own way. They bring their powerful and unique traits to our friendship which elevates us as a whole. I cherish all of our groundbreaking conversations and great moments. Like that one time we caught ourselves discussing politics and have never been so proud. Life would be so boring without any one of you.
I’ve also learned a thing or two about relationships. I’ve learned that it is truly difficult to be angry with someone who makes you so happy. And I’ve also learned that there is no point to be. I know now, more than ever, that life is too short to waste time or energy fighting. Avoid becoming angry at all costs. I know that sometimes you can’t control this but most times you can. The only way to maintain your own happiness is to make those around you happy. I’ve also learned thepower in forgiveness. It is such a big power. There has been a time in the past that someone has forgiven you. So why not return the favor? The end result will stretch any relationship to great lengths. And if the relationship survives, then you know you aren’t wasting your time.
My very favorite memory of being eighteen was my trip to Haiti. If I could relive that week over and over again, I would. It taught me the biggest lesson of life: love and kindness conquers all. And being kind is one of the greatest ways to love. You will never regret being kind.
And thank you all for being so great. Your support is what has made BCxVS as successful as it is. It is way more than anything I could have ever imagined.