In Which I Celebrate Turning Twenty Six
Yesterday was my twenty-sixth birthday. My just-turned-twenty-five self a year ago, on the edge of a full-blown panic about entering my mid-twenties, could not have foreseen how content and happy this birthday found me. I feel like in the past year I’ve become more grounded and centered, really growing into myself. My life has also become wonderfully rich. Not only have I added Thistle to my day-to-day life, but the prospect of actual international travel, if on a more modest scale than I had originally planned, has made me feel like myself again. I’ve realised that while I have quite limited means, I can still put my money where my mouth is and save up for trips rather than splurge too often at thrift stores! More broadly, I’ve moved towards a kind of rich simplicity; owning fewer objects but loving them more, enjoying experiences as they arrive, and treasuring my day-to-day routines. I am truly, deeply happy.
Of course, reading and book blogging are both large contributors to that happiness! We live in such a wonderful time: we have access to people all around the world, more books than ever before, and a whole world just brimming with knowledge and stories and relationships. It’s magical, and I feel so grateful to be a small part of it.
I cannot wait to see what the next year brings! But I already know it will be full of books and blogging and so many wonderful friendships. Thank you all.
P.S. If you’re looking for a shortcut to happiness, I highly recommend finding an Indian restaurant with unlimited chai refills. ;)