Yes it was! Yesterday was my birthday and I enjoyed it fully! While working hard on Friday to finish up my Major Paper for yesterday morning, two friends came in from out of town (Rohan & Adhivith) to surprise me for the weekend! They and my housemates (Callie, Amanda, and Dongbo) came in at midnight in Indian tradition to sing Happy Birthday with lit up cake in hand.
Usually, this is no surprise. But since I was so focused on getting my Major Paper done, I was shocked and overjoyed! After some smashing cake time, I went back to finnishing my paper and email it in. I went to bed, woke up at 8:45 to go to work where another friend visited me with a brunch she had cooked for us. After work, I spent some time with the visitors. One of which is leaving to go back permanently to India next Sunday :( He asked me when I would come and visit him...jokingly I said, "As soon as you pay for my ticket, I'll be there!" We both laughed, but in reality everyone knows this entrepreneurial friend of ours will soon be the wealthy economic advisor for southern India.
Following our tea time, we headed off to a surprise dinner Amanda planned. By surprise I mean I knew we were going to dinner but I didn't know where. I wanted it to be a surprise as to where and I didn't know who would be there. So I closed my eyes the whole time we drove. The food was good, but I was more glad to be with the people I love. (Special thanks to Amanda, Callie, DG, Dithy Doo, Rohan, Adhivith, Lorianne, Tuan, Carrie, Kerri-Anne and Rob for coming out!)
After dinner, I crashed at home...glad for the day, glad for the peeps, and glad that my Major Paper is finally done! This morning we did one last birthday dash---a small hike up to Wind Rock for a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge and a small devotional time. It was great.
As I head into this 24th year of life, I challenge all those who are reading this and over 24 to think back on your 24th year of life. What is one thing you learned during or from that year? I'm trying to make the most out of the 24th year of life and I would love some tips from the elders! :)