Over that time I’ve played, had friends, lost friends, moved, nearly died, made new friends, spiraled into depression, crawled back out of it again, questioned my orientation, questioned my identity as a whole, come to terms with it, been in and out of various social and religious closets, and managed to find a point in my life where I’m surrounded by wonderful, supportive people. I’ve found a place of contentment and peace. I’ve found my ground, my balance, and love.
Today is my birthday, and I’m happy to say that for the last 3 years, I’ve not dreaded it. I’ve not simply congratulated myself for surviving another hellish year of pain and misery.
For the third year in a row, I can confidently say that I look forward to the next, and I greatly enjoyed the last one.
I’m glad to be alive, and to see the start of another year around the sun.
In honor of today, here’s a cute little picture if anyone wants to use it. I made it a few years ago for a friend’s birthday card, and have been using it ever since for other little things. Feel free to share it, pass it around, and generally just use it to wish others a happy birthday.