This morning, I scanned through my Facebook “On This Day” memories (I deleted Timehop from my phone months ago because of a lack of space and obnoxious number of notifications) and came across last year’s birthday post.
In it, I gushed about how awesome my life was and I linked to birthday posts from the years before: when I turned 26 and had a great weekend with my boyfriend and did a month by month recap from my amazing 26th year…or when I turned 25 and got real introspective about my self-diagnosed quarter life crisis. It’s clear to me that every year I’ve used this blog to reflect on my birthday and remember what it is I’ve accomplished and what I’ve learned after another year.
Unfortunately, I did not have a great birthday this year and for the first time ever, I’m finding myself at a loss for words. I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to reflect on what I’ve learned, because I just haven’t gotten there yet. I’m not sure of the wisdom I’m going to gain or what light I’ll find at the end of the tunnel that I’m walking through right now.
But I know that eventually I will find the words, and eventually the light will come in one way or another. And until I get there, I have an amazing family and friends to lift me up and put plenty of positive words in my head over and over…until eventually, I believe them.
I can say that nothing in the world beats true, close friends. The kind of friends who check in on you daily just to let you know they’re thinking about you. Who let you tag along with their plans because they know that you don’t want to be alone. Who send you Shari’s Berries 4 days after your birthday (Mad PROPS to Jojo!!!) because they know how hard this one was, and because #birthdaymonth is a real thing. There’s nothing that will humble you like a friend being there for you during a time of need, and I only hope that I’ve made my friends feel as appreciated and supported in the past as they’ve made me feel this week.
So in true Katie fashion, I’ll leave you with a few pictures from my birthday weekend! Because when your birthday falls on a Saturday, no matter the circumstances, you have to make the best of it and have a good time.
Birthday flowers from my office!
Friday night dinner with my parents at Hook & Ladder! My mom and I got a 3 course Farm-to-Fork Week dinner, with a tomato & melon salad, short ribs with blue cheese risotto (pictured), and I got a fresh fruit sorbet trio. I cannot overstate this: it was SOOOOO GOOD.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (one of my favorites!!!) in the park with my Young Dems friends!
Birthday morning brunch with girlfriends! Megamosa + breakfast sando (insert “perfecto!” emoji here)
Had a fun photo shoot with Austin & Shannon at Camp Capital City, our local YMCA’s fundraiser that is Summer Camp themed!
My weekend ended with a couple of Fantasy Football wins, and the knowledge that each new week will be easier than the previous.
Birthdays – love them or hate them? I was not excited about officially entering my late 20’s this year!