Today is January 22nd. It’s a beautiful Friday morning and it also happens to be my 26th birthday.
As I sat down this morning to journal, I noticed that I was filling out the very last page of my journal. This is a journal that I purchased when I was 23 and it was a beautiful coincidence that my very last entry happened to be on the morning of my 26th birthday.
3 years of memories, reflections, highlights, and low points. The triumphs and the tribulations, the pep talks directed at myself, the hopeless rants and the ecstatic celebrations — this journal has it all.
I wrote a previous article detailing the experience of reading through all my past journal entries. It was a surprisingly powerful experience and I learned a lot. The largest takeaway was that life always sorted itself out in one way or another. No matter how much I was worried about an upcoming event or deadline, that day always came and it always passed. I always made it through.
Today I want to share some of the most important lessons that I have learned during the 26 years I have been smiling, laughing, crying, loving, striving, falling down, and getting back up.