Hi there! What’s up? It’s been a while. I’ve been busy trying to be more productive, earning more, and acquiring new skills, and fortunately, I’m getting some progress. For nearly two months, I’ve made more friends, met some really inspiring people, learned new strategies in teaching ESL, and improved my personality. However, this post isn’t intended to talk about anything that has happened since my last post, except one thing — my 23rd birthday last month (July 29). On that day, I got to experience some of the things that anyone would love on their birthday.
My birthday wasn’t that special as you may have presumed, though. It was just like other ordinary days, but it was a “happy birthday”. It was, because of the things I experienced for the first time on my birthday, and here they are:
1.First time to receive a cake and to blow a candle. Yes, you heard that right. It was not my first time to have cake on my birthday, actually, but it was to receive one which came with a candle, and a “happy birthday Erma” print bonus. I never experienced them in the past because sadly, no one cared for me too much to give me one. Sad life! haha .. Just kidding! To be honest, the people who care for me just preferred to have more foods in the table than have one small cake. By the way, the cake was from my workmates and I was actually just lucky that we celebrate birthdays at work.
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2. First time to celebrate at work. It wasn’t the first time that I experienced being sang a birthday song for on my birthday but to be sang for by my workmates and with some cake and pizza. And it just felt great because although I knew I would be as we do it every time there is a birthday, so it’s a normal thing, it’s just different and special when you’re the celebrant.
(kindly go to https://www.instagram.com/p/BXIpsJzBlXQUqah-Lvm4Fv4c_ND2eC_OLpylSQ0/?taken-by=pat.atas for the video of when they sang for me☺)
3. First time to celebrate with roommates. I came home at 10:30 that night from work and invited my 3 roommates who were there to eat with me at a Mcdo near our place since I didn’t buy pizza as I had initially planned just because I had at work. One roommate of mine went home though, and the 3 who were there were hesitant to go out as it was late night at night, but they approved, anyway, because it was my treat and my birthday. Yeah, every one of us is special. 🙂
4. First time to receive a special gift. It wasn’t my first time to receive gift on my birthday but to receive something that’s wrapped with love, a love that comes from a total stranger who turned into someone who treats me more like a sister, a family. I consider the gift as a special one because it wasn’t just bought and given to me, because a letter was written through it and a talent has been shared.
So a roommate of mine gave this to me this morning and I didn't expect this is what would surprise me. She's got such great talent in drawing and writing but she'll never admit it. She's too humble. She's the big sister I never had and guess what? Her name sounds like my deceased big sister's. They actually just differ in one letter and one syllable. Anyway, she wrote this in behalf of herself and our 3 other roommates. Isn't that sweet? This letter alone actually already completed my day. It made me realize how others see us or how we are as individuals to others matters sometimes and I'm just glad some people actually appreciate. And I couldn't be more grateful to have received it. 💕 #survivingat23
Below is the first whole body picture I took as 23. It pretty sums up my birthday. However, a few days after, a workmate of mine whom I’m closest to, gave me 2 bags as presents (I’ll post the picture later.), and I had a late birthday dinner with my new friends at my other work. And with all these presents, gatherings, and reasons to celebrate life, I feel and am truly blessed. 🙂
I actually hadn't really been excited about it because I haven't achieved much in life and then I would be turning 23. I was kind of wishing I could stop the time to do all that I could so when the time continues and I turn 23, I already have achieved what I thought were supposed to be. It was as if a test day which I haven't started studying for that it made me occupied. However, I thought there are so many other things that I could celebrate it for to not be happy. So, yeah .. I'd like to give thanks to those friends and acquaintances who greeted me privately and publicly, to my kmj workmates for the cake and pizza, and for celebrating with me, to my roommates who never let the last few hours be boring by dining out with me and esp. to the one who gave me the present (the color pencils and a touching letter with a fantastic drawing), to my family back home, and above all.. to God for EVERYTHING!!! It was a indeed a happy birthday! 😊 #survivingat23 💕🎂🎉