Exactly a year ago, I had an epiphany. I’d been complaining to every single one of my friends who would listen about how old I was because I was turning 23 (gasp!). I guess age does bring wisdom, because in the early hours of the morning when it became the 26th of March, I realized that I was thinking about it the wrong way.

I was lucky to be 23. So many people in the world aren’t fortunate enough to make it to that age, so who was I to moan and complain about something good?

Although I didn’t understand it then, I’m beginning to understand now why I was so distraught. I’m already 23, and I what have I done with my life? I don’t even have a book published yet, for heaven’s sake! That’s what was seared into my subconscious a year ago.

The truth is, I’ve done plenty, and I have time to do so much more. I wasn’t ready to have a book published a year ago. My writing’s improved drastically since then.

I believe in fate. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe in the Law of Attraction.

This is why, I want to list 24 things I’m grateful for:

  1. My family (parents, sister, kitty, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, everyone)
  2. Growing up never wanting for anything
  3. Growing up in the Bay Area
  4. Having a college education
  5. All the places I’ve been able to travel to throughout my life
  6. That I’m in good health
  7. That I have things that I’m passionate about
  8. Spring
  9. That there is still beauty in the world
  10. That there is still wonder in the universe
  11. Meeting so many incredible, talented, and kind writers at the SF Writer’s Conference
  12. How simultaneously small and huge the world is
  13. My laptop
  14. All the experiences through my life that have made me who I am today
  15. Super Junior (this had to be 15 for the 13+2 members)
  16. My job
  17. Adobe Master Creative Suite CS6
  18. How easy it is to keep in touch with people all over the world (I can Skype or FaceTime with my grandparents in Mumbai!)
  19. Books
  20. Being able to love, appreciate, and adopt other cultures
  21. Being able to speak multiple languages
  22. That the world is filled with music and art
  23. The freedom to choose what I want to do with my life
  24. Being alive

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