In mathematics, twenty-eight is known as a perfect number. It does not define itself with an aliquot number, but rather a harmonic devisor number. Today, I am twenty-eight. With adequate reason, I found myself unsure that I would live to see twenty-eight, as twenty-seven proved to be a monumental query of my impermanence.
When I turned twenty-seven, I aged without a worry in the world; a defiance that beseeched life and the way I was living it. When I pictured twenty-eight, I envisioned myself continuing on the same path that I had for so long; working the regular 9-5, surrounding myself with the same people, wavering at the thought of starting a family and enjoying the last few years of my twenties. Unlike my visualization, my foresight could not have been further from actuality.
As I turn twenty-eight, I am not mourning the loss of my early twenties, or the thought of getting older or getting closer to my thirties. Contrariwise, I am embracing this Birthday, unlike any other Birthday that came before it. I am happy to be maturing and welcoming the blessing of a Birthday means that I have survived yet another year of life. Mid-way through age twenty-seven, I was unsure that come November 5th, I’d be here to accept twenty-eight with gratitude and awareness as to just how precious life can be.
So, as I enter my twenty-eighth year on this glorious planet I wish many things for myself and others. I wish for happiness, rooted not in materialism, but in self-reliance and gratitude. I wish for success, determined by how I affect those around me, above me and especially beneath me. I wish to never relinquish curiosity and wonder at the world, along with the wide-eyed amazement to replenish the process as I “grow up”. I wish for perseverance for a never-ending making of a better tomorrow. I wish to never forget the value of empathy, imagination and compassion. I wish for many wide and deep experiences that shake up my supposed beliefs, my supposed fears and my supposed success. I welcome hardships, but appropriated with resilience and ultimately, I wish for love and health for my loved ones and myself. Cheers to another Birthday…twenty-eight, here I am. 🎉