27. Not the most exciting birthday milestone, however, I can’t help but to wake up feeling so thankful and blessed to be living another day.
Recently the news has been full of unfortunate life events happening and I feel it’s important to take a moment to realize how fortunate I am to still be on this earth and experience my 27th birthday with the people I love most.
I am currently in Pennsylvania with my second family (aka my boyfriends family). It seems like it was just yesterday that I was bringing in my late twenties in Italy, stuffing my face with pasta and wine exactly a year ago.
Rome, Italy circa June 19, 2015 (my 26th birthday)
This 27th year I will be taking on the biggest change of my life as I embark on a new journey to live overseas. I recently said goodbye to my first home away from home, Florida, a few weeks ago. I remember when I got there. Fresh out of college, 23 years old, naive, but ready to tackle life independently and on my own. And that I did.
In those 4 years living away, I’ve grown so much and learned to appreciate things even more that weren’t so physically close to me, like my family. My 26th year was a long one for me, specifically a roller coaster of emotions for personal reasons. I still remember looking back on those “not so good” days, and promising myself to always be optimistic and positive about things. I think I have definitely gotten better at that.
Miami, Florida circa June 19th, 2014 (my 25th birthday)
I still have a long journey ahead of me and so much knowledge to gain. I am constantly learning new things everyday. It’s scary to think that in just a short 3 years I’ll be hitting the big 3-0. I still feel like I have barely begun to scratch the surface on this earth and my journey is just beginning as I try to “find” myself in this massive, but scary, beautiful world.
Twenty-six was great for many reasons, but I have a feeling twenty seven will top it. If I could tell my 26 year old self anything, it would be this….Get Ready. You’re about to go on one hell of a ride.
Miami, Fl circa June 19, 2013 (my 24th birthday)