Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Special Day

So 22 years ago on this day, I was born. The exact time was 5:38 am. The location was Brooklyn, NYC. The parents were immigrants from a small English speaking country in South America named Guyana.

Some how I can't believe that I've made it this far. Some of you may think, "Oh you're such a baby, Kelly!" but I think that 22 is a pretty long time. I’ve done a lot of things in the 22 years that I’ve been living. I've been to exotic lands and dealt with small-minded people. I've accomplished so much and failed many times more. I've done stupid things and ended up being lucky sometimes. I've fell in love, got my heart broken, and went through many disappointments and triumphs. What astonishes me is that after all of that crap, after all of the bullshit, I'm still standing. I'm still here.

Everyone seems to reflect on their lives when they reach a birthday. I've done the same thing this morning. Concerning the past, seeing that I can't change my mistakes, I won't. All I could do is look forward, set goals, and execute my plans.

When I turned 21 last year, though the law of the land said I was an adult (well really it’s 18, but that’s not the point), I really still felt like a parasite, financially draining my parents. Now that I am 22 years old, I’m on my own, supporting myself and taking on more responsibility. I'm happy to be an official adult now. Bills, rent and all!


Valerie said...

Hey! Happy birthday to you, girl!

meg said...

YAY! go have the best day you can. relax and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

i replied to your comment on my blog but thought it would be better to come here. good thing i did. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

here is the link to her blog that includes the pattern and a later post that has corrections. she was really great about getting back to me when i had questions.

Sarah said...

Happy birthday to you!

It is a lovely feeling to be "independent" from your parents, even if you are broke!

Ah,I remember those days.

Saun said...

Happy birthday. I hope you enjoy your day.

gray la gran said...

happy birthday kelly! i hope it's a great year for you, with many more to follow ....