I’ve always been tickled and slightly perplexed by the fact that once you surpass 25, the years seem to go by faster! You blink and literally 10 years are on the books and you’re sitting there trying to figure out what happened on all of those days in between! I mean if I can be honest, Jeopardy, Sudoku, and Lumosity are a large part of the reason my memory is still somewhat sharp! However, I’m fortunate in that I can look back on even the last year and be mesmerized by the experiences that have cheered me on, made me cry, accelerated my thinking, granted new opportunities, and doubled my sky miles. There were times when I knew undoubtedly that the only reason why all of my being hadn’t fallen into a sea of despondence was because of grace. I learned how to receive the gift that it is, but more importantly, how to give it when every part of me just wanted to step aside from the palm trees so I could throw some real shade! There were also moments when I’d be in a room full of highly accomplished and financially prosperous people wondering how in the world is there a seat at this table with a perfectly placed name tent in Arial font for ME. Who am I?! You should know that imposter syndrome is a real thing, and it can zap every bit of your happiness about any of what you’ve done that you personally deem successful. And as a Black woman, it’s heavier than any words I could ever formulate into a sentence.
What you’ll likely discover is that one of the best things about life is that so much of it is bigger than you. With everything happening all at once, it’s easy to be overwhelmed, lonely, and feel like you’re living in the twilight zone. But, somehow the universe has a way of helping you to balance the scales and continue to move full throttle toward another day. So, on this birthday, I celebrate the topple and the ascent of who I am as a growing adult and complex human being. While the voyage to whatever adulthood really is can be volatile, I know that it will continue to be one that I pursue with confidence, peace, and that extra dash of splendor as a woman who is proud to be bold, Black, and excelling under the mantle of the Highest angel.
This is 32.