Happy weekend! I hope you all are staying home and staying well, I know none of this gets any easier.
I turn 23 this week.
While I’m usually the person who throws big parties, lots of get-togethers and makes a big deal out of my birthday, that’s obviously not happening this year. This year, I’m just grateful that my family, my friends, and myself are in good health. I’m grateful to still be employed, with a roof over my head, and the ability to hope that brighter days are ahead.
Sure, it’s easy to get angry, sad, frustrated, and feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness at the world right now. I understand that, and you should feel all of those things. It’s absolutely alright to not be 100% productive, happy, functioning, or on-board with where your life is going right now.
2020 has been a struggle for many of us, for more reasons than one, but all I ask is that you don’t let it consume you. Because—guess what, it’s a beautiful day, and there’s still a lot to smile about if you look around hard enough.
One quote that really resonates with me during this time is by Jana Stanfield, saying that,
“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”
This saying has resonated with me quite a lot in the last few weeks. You can’t control everything, you can’t fix everything, but you can do your best to make a difference. My birthday present to myself this year was donating to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, and you can do the same here if you’re interested.
Every little bit helps, and the most important thing right now is to remember all the good there is left in the world. So in honor of my 23rd birthday, here are 23 reasons to smile.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.