A new year that is

I am forever grateful for a new year that is.

Turning a year old and probably growing old are privileges of our time today. I couldn’t be any more thankful for my family, friends, and colleagues who remember my special day and took time in their busy schedules to send their messages. I feel loved and special. I will be forever grateful.

Looking back to the years that were, I felt that I have grown–a bit, if that appeases some hehe like I care, but I think that it was for the better, and at some point, turning a year older has been exciting like I was a teenager again who couldn’t wait to be a lady and be her own. But I wish I was, sometimes, I have a lot of things I want to say to my younger self– lose the carbs for once because when you are in your thirties, your metabolism ghosts you like some guys you dated earlier in your time which weren’t worth it at all, if I may say, looking back.

Indeed, there is more to life than what we have imagined. Most of it we did not expect but as you grow older, you tend to be more accepting of the things that are in front of you. You tend to be more understanding of the things you don’t and don’t want to understand but have to, because this is the present and we have to deal with everything that is served and customized for us.

I tend to bend but not be broken. I push through with both my head and my heart like a totally responsible adult I couldn’t believe so myself. This birthday this year was a little different and I was okay with it. Two years in the midst of a pandemic, I couldn’t be any more grateful for another year, another life, and another chance to be anyone I wanted to be, to be a mother, to be a contributing force in the society, to be a friend, and to be someone who has a lot to share given the chance.

My birthday is how I wanted it to be. Peaceful and full of sleep with my favorite people, my favorite food, and at no cost.

Thank you to all who took the time to greet me and express their love. My life is better when you are all in it and I hope the succeeding years will be a blast and you will still be part of it, of me. I am forever grateful for a new year that is.

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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