Well, today is my birthday, and to be honest, I'm really ready for it. Every year, I try to think if there's anything I absolutely need to do before my birthday-there never is, but it's a habit I started in high school. I had my 17th birthday party the day before my actual birthday, and I was in Blockbuster with my friends picking out a movie for the party and I commented that I'd never seen Grease, and one of my friends just stopped, grabbed the movie, and put it in my hands. "You can not turn seventeen without having seen Grease!"
And while I haven't had any such shortcomings this year, it feels like 25 has been a rough age, and I'm ready to try being 26. I'm sure there are multiple reasons for this-I scaled back on designing this year, both by plan and by necessity, I spent several months in a major depressive episode, and then a couple months rebuilding from it, and we had a couple of health scares with Mystic. Ultimately, 25 was hard, even though it wasn't all bad.
Yesterday I ended up going home sick, and I decided to use my unexpected free time to try to pick some of my favorite things from being 25. I've made even more awesome knitting friends from all over, and I am super happy and grateful for that (because you're all amazing and fantastic and super cool!). I did my first KALs, and I liked them so much that I did a few more. I read (and re-read) some really great books. I watched murder mysteries, snuggled my dogs, sang karaoke, laughed at bad jokes, made new theater friends, drank an obscene amount of coffee, and did all the little things that I do every day to make it enjoyable. And really, 25 wasn't bad, but it's done now, and I'm really excited to see what 26 is like.