i turned 25 on saturday. it was an amazing celebratory weekend. no emphasis on celebrating jordan, but a simple desire to celebrate the life i've been given.
my friends (whose blogs can and should be read here and here) came prepared with special bday questions.
question one: birthday girl asks everyone else what they were doing when they turned 25.
question two: others ask birthday girl what it has taken her 25 years to learn.
i got to hear a lot of fun stories about what my friends were doing in life when they were my age. and i got to think about some of the things i've been learning.
what has it taken me 25 years to learn?
it has taken me 25 years to learn just how intensely i am loved.
where i am today is drastically different from where i have ever been before. today i have so much love in my heart; love that has been received and love that is ready to be given.
i've had people comment on my over-use of the word "love" throughout my life. i love music. i love working out. i love my family. i love glitter. i love love. i love california. i love so many of my friends. i have been in love. i am in love...with coffee, beer, and baseball :) you get the picture. anyway, i'm learning that these expressions of love don't need to be restricted. the more love you can share with the world, the better. i have always been and will forever continue to be a giver of love.
and in this last year, i have grown in my ability to be a receiver of love. i quit running from the people who have loved me most. i quit running from the One who has loved me most. and in giving up this fight, i have discovered just how deeply this love flows.
so...24...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
and 25...i'm in love.