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Joel’s Journal - Entry #79 - 19/1/2017


I’m not going to be over reflective. I’m not going to pull apart the strings of the last 27 years and regale you with all that I’ve learned, and I’m not going to complain about how old I am, because that would be ridiculous.

All I’m going to do is tell you about what is most important, and that’s what happened this day. It’s not what happened yesterday, or last week, or last month or five years ago, and it’s not about what’s going to happen tomorrow.

It’s about the amazing day that I had today and how lucky I am.

With four brothers, birthdays kind of become routine as a kid. There’s obviously the parties when you’re younger and the gifts from the family, but because there’s four of us, you do it four times a year, and it can get a little repetitive. Not that it’s a bad thing, I love to celebrate with my family, but as we grew up the parties toned themselves down year after year until now there is a quiet dinner with the family.

It’s quite perfect in my books.

However, I think that mellowing out of my feelings toward birthdays has rubbed off into my years alone, and without having anyone to really celebrate with, I never made much of a deal out of it.

This year though, was absolutely perfect, thanks to M.

It started with mini-golf.

What kind of a 28-year-old has his birthday celebration start with mini-golf? This one. And it was amazing.

So amazing in fact, that the first putt of the day was a hole-in-one. No lie.

After that there was more sushi than anyone should probably consume in one sitting, then there was movies.

I didn’t really feel like spending the money at the theatre, and with the majority of my movie collection tapped out, M and I headed to Wal-Mart to dig through the discount bins to find something to watch for the night.

We found The Conjuring. A quality horror movie for $5 that both of us had wanted to see for a while. So, we went back to my place and unceremoniously got the pee scared out of us for an hour and a half. It was pretty great.

It’s not about the things that we did though. They were great, and the entire day I was just generally happy, even when I was yelling at the characters in the Conjuring to obviously not open that fucking sketchy door, or go down into the dark and clearly haunted-by-crazy-shit cellar. Despite my warnings, they obviously did both of those things.

It isn’t about that though, It’s about realizing that I couldn’t be more happy with how things are right now.

It’s about knowing that I have someone in my life who wanted me to have the absolutely perfect day, and did everything she could to make that happen.

It’s about recognizing that life could have turned out millions of different ways, millions, and this is the way it turned out.

It’s about realizing all of that, and at the same time, recognizing that tomorrow might be different, but it doesn’t change the fact that today, I know what is most important.

And I don’t plan on forgetting it any time soon.

Also, tomorrow I’m going to do what I love and do it well. I hope you do too.

Thanks for reading!