An ode to 22
Is it obvious I was jamming to Future?
Wearing a DirtyGlam choker
The beginning to the "irrelevant years" as everyone calls it. Because becoming legal, buying your first alcoholic drink, a quarter of a century, and the big 3 0 are the only ones that matter, right?
Wrong. This is my ode to turning 22.
As I write this, my heart is heavy and i'm teary-eyed. Twenty-one was memorable for many reasons beyond my own. From the reporter and cameraman killed live on TV to the devastating terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris to the mysterious death of Sandra Bland. I found myself constantly reminded to be grateful to be living another day, let alone a year older. Blessed is an understatement.
Twenty-one was eventful and life-changing. It was the year that I began to live my life freely and exactly the way I wanted to. I accomplished so much. My patience and my faith were tested often and in those moments I became more in tune with myself. Stepping out of comfort zones led me to real personal growth. My strength was on display at all times. This year, I learned the importance of a genuine and strong support system. I traveled, I partied, I laughed, and boy, did I dance. Twenty-one, you were filled with beautiful memories I will hold forever with people who mean the absolute world to me. You were filled with lessons I will carry for the rest of my life. I needed everything you gave me because I have never been more proud of the person behind this blog post as I am right now. I will never forget you twenty-one. You forced me to acknowledge true joy and beauty and twenty-two will be nothing but beautiful.
I have no where near began to scratch the surface of who I truly am and what my purpose is. I have so much to see, learn and experience. Everyday my desires, wants, likes, and dislikes change. I'm constantly evolving and blossoming. And I am in love with the pace at which I am growing. I'm in love with the journey. My journey. My life.
Twenty-two, may you shape me and mold me into the woman I am meant to be. Be kind to me. Continue to push me to new heights. May you be filled with more travels, adventures, laughs, and memories. I hope you continue to change me for the better. Make me wiser and stronger. This is a big year for me in many ways. I'm anxious, nervous, excited, optimistic, and basically one big ball of emotions but - so happy. Twenty-two, let's be epic. I'm ready for you.