Monday was my 22nd birthday. I had every intention of posting a full recap filled with pictures and details on the amazing day that I had with my family and friends. The universe had other plans…
I woke up that morning feeling not-so-hot but decided to push through anyways…I kept telling myself “I can be sick tomorrow”. Ha! If only I had known. But let’s focus on my birthday first, shall we?
My mom and sister came to visit and we shopped, got our nails done, and made it over to Sprinkles to get my free birthday cupcake (which I ended up giving to my mom- le sigh). After they left, it was Shelby’s turn to spoil me and she definitely did; balloons, cake, presents, the works. I love her.
I had a reservation for dinner with about 15 of my closest friends at 8pm. I slept from 5-7pm and then was awoken by Shelby- she assured me it was “nothing a little concealer couldn’t fix”. I mustered up all of my energy, took lots of meds, put on my fancy dress, and had an amazing birthday dinner.
I came home around 10pm and crashed…for two days. Literally. January 7th and 8th are a giant blur of fevers, headaches, nausea, and exhaustion. Today is the first day that I actually feel human again. Do I feel good? No. But I can function and that’s a huge step in the right direction.
Despite the sickness, I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this birthday. I was surrounded by so many unbelievable people that I’m lucky to call my family and friends. This birthday reminded me not to take anyone or anything for granted- my health included. Nothing is guaranteed.
Whenever you’re feeling upset, frustrated, sick…take a look around. Remember how many people love you and care about you. Remember how many people are rooting for you and want to see you succeed. Remember that the most important people will support you through good times and bad. And remember that you are worthy of happiness- you deserve it. So go ahead and embrace it.
Here’s to 22…