Today I turn 25. I may only be a day older than yesterday, but now I can say I’ve lived a quarter of a century, and what a life it’s been so far. It seems so common to fear growing up and getting old, but I relish every moment of it. For every year that I’ve been able to walk this Earth, I’ve grown wiser, stronger, and, most of all, happier. Although it may not appear so in the photos I share, my life is far from perfect. Behind the fancy pictures is a real person, with a life full of ups and downs.
As a child I went through times of great pain, and to this day I have struggles that I don’t show the world. Through all of it, though, I am thankful. I am thankful for every experience, even the failures, the pain, the heartbreaks, and the tears, because these experiences are what helped me to understand the most important things in life. At the heart of it all, what matters most? To love, and to be loved. To connect with other souls, and experience the joys and sorrows of life together.
I am incredibly grateful to have wonderful people in my life. They have seen me through all the lows, and they push me to new highs. They give me energy and make me smile every day. Make sure you surround yourself with positive people who you know will stand by you through everything life may throw at you. These people are the ones who listen when you tell them your dreams, and they take it as a matter of course that you can make those dreams reality. My dreams are big, and I won’t waste a precious moment not working to achieve them.
I have a lot of plans for this year, and I feel ready. Ready to accomplish big things. Ready to love and be loved. Ready for the highs, and the lows. Ready to live and learn, through whatever life has to offer me. Thank you all for coming on this journey with me so far, and I am so excited to share the next chapter of my life with you all!
Love xx, Nina