Today is my 18th birthday.
I don’t feel older but I also don’t feel younger. I’m actually feeling pretty neutral about this day. At the same time, I’m pretty excited about this day only because it gives me time to reflect on the past year of my life.
Have I gained knowledge about life? Have I taken the next step to be the person I want to be? How much have I changed by gaining that knowledge?
It gives me time to realize that as I may not be changing, everything around me is. The world is different each day, flowers blossom, tree leaves fall, and all of a sudden, everyone has graduated from high school and we’re all moving onto the next part in life. Although I’m excited to turn 18, there is really nothing special about this day. Sure, it’s the day that I was born and that is something to be thankful for, but I just want to spend this day with close friends and family, eating food and cake, and just spending that irreplaceable time and creating memories together. That’s what I’ve realized the meaning of birthdays is and every year, I’m grateful that my birthday could bring together friends and family to put aside all differences and to just celebrate another day of being alive and together.