Turning twenty-six is like any other normal day in your life. You wake up at 6 AM, check your phone, take a bath, have breakfast, and finally, you’re off to work. And it’s the same thing everyday. Personally, I don’t feel any difference in the way I carry myself, the way I dress or talk, much less eat. I still go to my constant Mcdonald’s restaurant. I still ditch movie houses for movie marathons at home. I still crack silly jokes with my boyfriend. I still am the same me. But, being twenty-six has taught me a lot of new lessons as well.
For one, you’ve got to think of yourself and your welfare. Sometimes you have to know when it’s time to hold on and let go. You’ve got to stop being a people pleaser. Us Millennials are often known for being impulsive and opinionated, but I do believe that those are good traits and sometimes must be put to good use. Turning twenty-six also means making difficult decisions that may make a lasting impact in your life – like transferring to a new job, moving to a new place, or as cliche as it sounds, tying the knot with your loved one. All of these entail critical thinking and seriousness. Twenty-six dictates more responsibility, more discipline, and yet it is also at this age when we want more time to ourselves, and more freedom. It is such a paradoxical moment in this wispy and fleeting generation.
If you’ve just reached this point in your life, then thank God for it. Thank Him for every waking split second you spend on this earth. Thank Him that you’ve come so far. Thank Him for everything He has done, everything He is doing, and for every impossible thing He will still do in you and through you. I hope that you will not take this time for granted. Do everything you can to live the best life God intends for you – and I don’t mean having a downpour of material blessings (although that certainly is a plus), but more of the quality of life that He wants you to have. Live shameless, live righteous, live joyful, live thankful, and finally – live free.
All my love,
Your birthday girl.