Today is my 28th birthday, and as I get excited about all the wonderful things to come, I can’t help but also reflect on this past year. The year of 27 was probably my best year yet. With it came so much growth, new experiences, new courage, new friends, and just so much joy. I may not have thousands of Facebook friends, or get hundreds of “likes” on a single post, or have 1,000 followers on my Facebook music page … but the people who are in my life are so amazing. I truly feel that I am blessed beyond measure. I am surrounded by people who inspire me to be myself, to love with grace & expect nothing in return, to be vulnerable, to try new things, to accept myself, and to play.
*Side note: can we never get so old that we forget to just play?*
This past year I was able to finish recording my debut album. I stepped out into new music venues and pushed myself to write new songs and be present both in my daily life and on stage. It was during age 27 that I got my first paying gig! This was also the year that I put together my first (upcoming) show, with a full band! I won’t even begin to write about all the personal growth I’ve experienced along the way … spiritually, academically, in my career, and in my relationships … because I could reflect in a diary-like post for forever but I’m pretty sure that would only be entertaining to me. ;)
BUT what I do want to emphasize here is that who I am, what I have been able to do, the relationships I’ve been able to cultivate, and even the spiritual growth I’ve been able to experience, is really a reflection of the communities I’ve been able to be a part of, and the people who have surrounded and cultivated me with love, encouragement, and grace. You can’t do life alone. I’m so thankful for 27. And I’m so excited for 28, because there’s always more people to meet, there’s always more light to go around, and there’s always deeper places to explore.
P.S. You should get me a birthday present. It should be a ticket to my CD release show. ;)