Sooty tern

I never planned on visiting this place, but I’m glad I did. It’s been a good ride so far, and today I turn nine-and-twenty. I’m pretty thrilled about it; I think I’ll send this decade out in style and achieve a few nice goals in the process. (Honestly, I’m very excited about my 30s. But we’ll get there in about a year.)

The world seems more aligned today than it has in recent September 23s. There’s a meditative calm around me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this new chapter unfolds in the year ahead. I’ve learned so much from the good and the bad in the last nine years; it feels empowering to take those lessons and blend them into my present.

That’s the ticket: Make the past count, no matter what happened. Let it change as you change, and let it be. I’ve been fortunate to lead a blessed and wonderful life, due completely to the incredible friends and family around me.

(Strawberry Fields Forever is playing in my living room now, and I think of how I saw my favorite band perform this song at Madison Square Garden in July and how my dad gave me Magical Mystery Tour for one of my early birthdays and how it’s been one of the great constants in my life. Music is the most important thing in my life. It colors all my love.)

Someone told me last night that there’s a sooty tern in Dover. One of the hurricanes blew it northward into Ohio, and it sounds like the bird doesn’t really want to leave. I think I understand how it must be feeling. It’s nice here, and the people are lovely.

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