Somebody had a birthday yesterday – ME!
No longer am I a young thing of merely 27 years of age. (I guess I’ll need to update my about me page!) As far as birthday’s go, yesterday was the shizz! I declared that what I wanted for my birthday was to do whatever the eff I wanted. So that’s what I did. The day’s activities included:
- A 5 mile run with Geronimo. (The picture above was taken pre-run.)
- Guzzling down a strawberry-mango-banana smoothie.
- Enjoying a hot (our water here gets really hot!), long shower.
- Painting my nails.
- Watching Pretty Little Liars online.
- Taking an epic nap.
- Getting gussied up and having Tex-Mex with my main man for dinner.
- Wrapping up the night with some TV watching and an ice cream sandwich.
I know that Tex-Mex fod in Germany might not sound appealing, but there is a great place really close to where we live called Tortuga’s. We have never been there, but we heard good things about it. Being Texans through and through, we had to try it out.
Stephen and I both had enchiladas (chicken for him, cheese and onion for me). We both thought the food was muy bien, and we plan to return for more Tex-Mex eats.
So what deep wisdom have I learned over the last year? Hmm…I feel like last year was a lot about resiliency. I faced plenty of hard things (deployment, marathon training, reintegration, moving to a new country), and none of them kept me down. Do I feel more resilient? Not really. Is that one of things a person can actually feel? The hard things that lay ahead (another PCS across the ocean and many unknowns) scare me just as much as all the hard things I faced in the past. I don’t have the fighting spirit of, “I ran a marathon/survived deployment/moved to Germany, I can do anything!” Maybe I should, but I don’t.
I will say that last year, I felt so old. I think it was the combination of work plus being in the middle of deployment, that I just felt like I had been wrung through the ringer. This year, I feel young. I feel like I’m ready to take on some big things (writing a novel! aiming for Boston!). I feel rejuvenated. I feel ready to make 28 my biotch! I guess maybe that is resilience cloaked in determination.
Not exactly words of wisdom, but I’m feeling positive about the future, so I count that as a win!*