yesterday had felt like a waking dream.

does it feel different being this age? yes. how? i am way more unapologetic about being who i am and for living the way i do. i am no longer afraid—all i can ever do is rise to meet my challenges as they present themselves to me and everything that has happened in my life, i truly believe was for good reason. i used to think people were full of shit when they would say "i regret nothing" but now that i am here, i have come to find that this is true. i well and truly regret nothing.

for the first time in my life, i did not make any wishes on my birthday. i figure i would save them for when i truly need them (if at all). i did have three whole cakes sent to me, though. a very apt reminder to self to remember to always eat cake(!) l'chaim.