There’s so much to reflect on every birthday. What happened in the last year. What didn’t happen. What could’ve happened. As I turn a year older, it only makes me realize what I’ll end up with in life: the memories, and the impact I’ve had on people’s lives. That’s it.
Thinking about all my past birthdays, I realized that as a kid, I cried on my birthday almost every single year. Some would say I was a birthday brat. I used to place too much value on a single day: “This is my day. Everything I want should happen. It’s gonna be perfect.” In that thinking I forgot that it’s just another day. I forgot to treasure the people that make me smile every single day. But over the past years I’ve realized that every day can be my day. I don’t need candles and wishes to chase my dreams. And that’s what I’ve done: I wake up every morning, thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given, eager to go make my mark on the world.
Speaking of wishes, one of my best friends, Nikhil Karnik, told me once, “I don’t ask God for anything, I just thank him for everything I have.” For some reason that line has really stuck with me, so much so that I no longer pray for anything. It’s just too easy to say “Please God, help me get X and I’ll be happy.” Most people get caught up in the cycle: If I just had that I’d be happy. Happiness is a state of mind, it’s a life choice. I choose to be happy every single day. Instead, I thank God for the amazing people in my life, and for the opportunities I’ve been given.
Here’s to an amazing year. To the amazing people that I’m lucky to call my family and friends. To the memories and the many more to come.