As I write this, I’m just days away from the big 4-0. The milestone coincides with another — recently beginning my 100th journal.
I can’t help feeling more than a little reflective at the moment. And thinking about how, for all that has happened over the last decade, some things have remained the same. So I happily discovered in rereading the following journal entry. I now Open The Vault and take you back to my 30th birthday…
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January 21, 2004
Well, I am officially 30. Strangely, I do feel different somehow. And, for all the fanfare that led up to today, my actual birthday is a bit quieter than I expected it would be. But that’s okay – it gives me the opportunity to reflect on what the decade I’ve just left behind has taught me.
I’ve learned a lot about letting go during my twenties – whether it was saying goodbye to people I thought would always be in my life, or accepting that, much like people, dreams change. I’ve had the chance to indulge my wanderlust time and again..I think that is why I feel the rightness of being home [in NYC] for good with every fiber of who I am.
Oprah Winfrey is fond of asking people, what do you know for sure? Life may be a sea of constant change, but here are some things I know for sure:
*Friends really are the family we choose for ourselves.
*Faith, hope and the support of those close to you will carry you through your greatest trials – but you yourself must have the strength to persevere and heal.
*Nothing is in vain as long as you learn from it.
*Death may separate you physically from the people you love—but memories live forever, keeping their spirit close to you always.
*Romance, whatever form it takes, is one of the greatest joys, period.
*To be healthy and loved is to be profoundly blessed.
And finally, with apologies for ending on a cliché—
*There really is no place like home…especially when home is the greatest city in the world.
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Ten years later, I still believe all of the above to be true. And I continue to feel profoundly blessed to have the life that I do. It may be different from where I expected to be at this point, but it’s still fantastic.
I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for me.
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