Thursday, September 20, 2007
Well, today I can finally say that I'm no longer 21 :D
I'm luckily still at the age that getting older seems exciting and a sign of good maturity (rather than something I want to hide!). 22 seems much older than 21, especially since I never felt like I was the typical 21 year old. Ultrarunning pretty well curbed partying, drinking, and all the other shennanagins that are associated with that age.
So, to start off this next. hopefully wonderful, year of my life, I'm going on a short trail run in the morning (I've unfortunately picked up a cold from my germy little bundles of joy at the elementary school, so I've been taking it easy this week), and then one of my friends is baking me a cake tonight. I've sort of felt like my birthday has been in celebration mode since last friday, when my parents came up. We did birthday dinner friday, then Saturday we celebrated again with the OCTR people up for Big Basin, then Big Basin was a birthday run of sorts. Yesterday my school celebrated imy birthday, with them all singing happy birthday to me. My teacher brought in cupcakes, some of the kids asked questions and told me nice things ("How old are you?" "What are you going to get?"; "I like you!!!" "You're beautiful!!") and some made me really sweet cards (one said, "I like you because you are Love"). I came home and was given a dozen roses in all the colors of the rainbow by a new wonderful person. And I got to sleep in today, for the first time in weeks.
So already, I feel incredibly lucky and happy about being another year older :) I'm sure it won't be long before 22 seems young and I get eager to move up again, but I know soon enough I'll be wishing the years didn't fly by so fast, so I'll try to enjoy this year to its fullest. 23 will come soon enough :)
Edit- just went on a beautiful birthday run through redwoods and open fields, on winding singletrack that was mostly uphill out, which made for incredibly fun downhill coming back. We just did about 6 miles since I am sick after all, but it was beautiful. It's a perfect weather day here, with gorgeous blue skies and a clear view of the ocean. I love running :D