Twenty one years ago you arrived onto this planet, and in the years since then, your experiences have helped to turn you into a beautiful person, both inside and out. Your generous spirit, your insatiable wanderlust, and your belief in the ideal are invigorating for me to see, as someone who’s in the latter half of his twenties. In the five and a half years since I turned 21, I’ve experienced personal highs and career lows, from sobbing painfully in my car before heading to a job I hated to traveling thousands of miles to Asia, Australia, and Europe with beloved family and friends. All those experiences helped me grow into a more courageous, more thoughtful, and more empathetic person, the person who decided “why not?” before messaging you on Instagram. I’m so glad I did because the biggest surprises in life come from extremely unexpected places. Happy birthday my wonderful online friend. I look forward to seeing what you do in the years to come.
Today I woke up to this most heartful birthday msg, and I’m feeling incrediably grateful and lucky to be in where I am today.
Family and friends: