"There is a great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused.
At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?”
— John Steinbeck, from East of Eden
From the Dawn of My 28th Orbit, With Love
I turned 27 yesterday.
My birthday always tends to exacerbate a melancholic reflection that sets in annually when the summer becomes the fall. With the change comes a looking-back on where I’ve been, and a looking-forward on where I’m going.
I’m glad to be in the twilight of my youth. Getting to where I am has been quite a ride. Lots of losses, but enough wins to keep me fighting. I feel now more than ever that I am on a good path. I’m aware of who I am. I know my shortcomings, and I’m starting to come to terms with them. I know I have some strengths, and I am prepared to use them.
I am thankful today for every person out there who has had faith in me thus far. There is no doubt that I have relied on a great multitude of people to hold me up on my journey to wherever it is I’m headed. Thank you for the past, and I send my gratitude in advance for those in the future who will shine a light on the path as I’m finding my way there. Let’s go.