First & foremost, thank you all for the birthday greets! Personal thank you’s will be given tomorrow!
I’ve been alive for 21 years now, & today I’ve come to realize that:
1. I’m weird. Really weird.
2. I don’t have my life completely together.
3. I don’t have a good grip on what the future holds for me.
4. Things don’t usually pan out the way I plan them to.
5. I’m not the best ME that I can be/always strive to be.. At least not yet.
But despite all these flaws, I’m blessed to have a family that loves & support me, friends that care about me, & a home to keep me warm & provide a roof over my head. These 21 years that have passed may not have been what I’ve been hoping for it to be, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. My family & my friends accept me for what I am: a weird, not-so-cool, prone to mishaps, imperfect guy. & today, as I turn 21, I’m doing the same—I am accepting myself. Flaws and all. This is who you are, Tom. This eczema-ridden skin, these hairy legs, this left eyelid that was injured by a football, these sweaty palms, & this heart of gold. This is you. This is what’s gotten you this far. Always strive to be better, but don’t forget to appreciate all the memories you’ve had, all the things you’ve accomplished, all the life lessons you’ve learned, and all the people that have helped you get to where you are now. Stay true & stay you. And cheers, to turning 21. Happy Birthday, self.