To be 26 and happy.

Today is my birthday. I am a year older and I hope a year wiser. I do not know what the next months will bring me but what I do know is that, the last year was awesome.

How did it feel to be 26? I would say, the same way it felt to be 25.

I guess I am past that age where every year brings new revelations. I am long way from my teenage years where every minute of my life I longed to be anything but a teenager.

For me, the last 5 years is a period of empowerment and self-discovery. I started working before my 21st birthday and since then, I have slowly discovered what truly means to be an adult.

I have never been ashamed of my age. I always believe that the only time you should be ashamed of your age is if you have reached that age without learning anything. Age is just a number, as they say. You can be 30 and still immature. Or you can be 30 and be young at heart.

I am proud to tell the world that I am 26 years old. I am a better person than my 16 year old self. I am more confident than my 18 year old self. I am more independent than my 20 year old self. Those years were great but the last few years were even better. Compared to an angst-filled, totally dependent teenager, to be 26 with a stable job and so much freedom is way better.

So today I turn 26, traveling and enjoying my life. Challenges are waiting for me but I know I can face it. I am 26 now which means I have 26 years of experience to help me survive.

I am 26 and I don’t have any plans of getting married. Not yet. I am not ready. I have a lot of things to do. I have so many places to go to.

I am 26 and I am single and free. I am 26 and the world is mine to explore. I am 26 and I am in a position to build the foundation of my future. I am 26 and my perspective is wider and better. I am 26 and ready for the challenges.

If today is the last day of my life, I want the world to know that I am happy. The last 5 years were the happiest years of my life so far. If God choose to take me today, I will gladly go. I have lived. I am 26 and it is great.

So yes, it feels good to be 26. It feels as good as being 25. I am loved, accepted, independent, free, and truly happy. Right now, I don’t want to be anything else. I am 26 and I am off to an adventure. Life is great!

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