Happy 20th birthday to me! It's my second birthday being away from home, and it does feel pretty strange not being with family and friends on this special day. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! They mean so much, especially from all the way across the Pacific!
Being with you has been fun. It's been a lot of fun, actually. I've learned so much from you about life, love, people, and God. While you were still around, I experienced my freshman year of college, made tons of new friends, and travelled the world, among other things.
No offense, but I'm actually a little excited to leave you behind. We both know it's for the best; we can't be together forever. Not that being with you hasn't been great, because it has! But, the time has come to move on. What I'm trying to say is, it's not you; it's me. I've got to let go and move on to bigger and better things. I mean, come on, 20 is in a completely different decade! You understand, right?
I'll always cherish the memories we had together, and I know that one day very soon you'll make some 18-and-364-day-old very happy. I hope that there's no hard feelings between us, especially since you and 20 are pretty close. We both knew that this had to come to an end eventually, and we can still look forward to what the future brings.
I'll never forget you, 19. I have so many pictures of us and so many great memories that I wouldn't trade for the world. Thank you for the good times and the bad times, for the sunny days and the cold winter nights, for the friends I've made and the experiences I've had.
But mostly, thank you for the memories.
Here's a look back at some of the people (and places) that helped make 19 so great!
|Okay, so technically this was taken on my last day of being 18, |
but I think it's a good picture to begin with since
I officially started classes at UT when I was 19.
|One of the best parts of this past year was all the amazing friendships I made at UT. |
(I miss you, Alexis!)
|My family has been so supportive of me my whole life, especially during this past year.|
This is us at family weekend last September. Go Vols!
|19 has been one great adventure. But, I know 20 will be even better.|
What new changes could come with being 20? I have no idea. 20 is a brand new adventure that I'm so ready for. I'd like to say thank you to everyone; God, my family, my boyfriend, my friends, my church family, my pastor, my teachers, everyone who has helped me become who I am today. Thank you for the encouragement, the prayers, the support, and the love that you've given me throughout my life and especially during my 19th year. You'll never know how valuable you are to me. I can't wait for the plan God has for me and my life as I enter another decade. I pray that I'll use this year (and this decade and the rest of my life, for that matter) for His honor and glory.
For I know the thought I think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV