Thankful for twenty-seven years

18/365 On the quest for a pot of goldI woke up on my 27th birthday, and my first thought was “what the crap? Is that sunlight streaming through my window?!”

Not the best way to wake up, I admit, but there’s a reason for that. You see, I have something grand planned for my birthday, but due to weather concerns and scheduling conflicts, I had to re-schedule it. The weather bureau have forecasted thunderstorms for the 28th, so I cancelled my original plan.

Despite my ruined plans, my day turned out nicely. I had a great lunch with my sister and her husband (if ever you find yourself in Melbourne, head on to Kobe Jones over at Docklands. The food is simply fantastic), and got to explore parts of Melbourne that I haven’t seen before.

You see, I got lost. The plan was for me to take the ferry up the river from Williamstown to the City. However, I changed my mind and opted to check a couple of shops and ride the bus home. After shopping for some gifts, I went to the nearest bus stop and found out that it was going to a suburb that I only heard of, but don’t really know where it’s situated. I wasn’t really familiar with Williamstown’s shopping centre; all I know is that the train station is a long walk away so I opted to ride the bus and get off somewhere that looks familiar.

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If there’s one thing you should know about me is that I am paranoid. I hardly ever go anywhere unfamiliar without checking the map first. And checking it again. And again. And downloading another version of the map. And studying it with fervor I never showed for my classes in college. So for me, riding a bus bound for a place I don’t know is very terrfying for me.

Surprisingly, I was calm. I actually enjoyed getting lost and finding my way home.

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Over the years I’ve come to accept things as they come. I’ve come to believe that there is a reason for everything that happens. I stopped trying to blame my parents, or my schools, or the society I lived in for what I am now. Instead I am thankful because they made me into who I am now.

I have come to appreciate life more. Last Sunday, while I was sitting on the swing at the playground, I felt a sense of peace and being content. Instead of waking up and dreading another year of life, I am happy because I have another life to live.

I’d like to think that I am lucky: I have a family that supports what I like to do and friends who believe in me. No matter how corny that sounds, there’s no other words to express the gratitude I felt for being blessed with this life.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 14 Comments
  1. Hey Nina,
    Happy Birthday doll!
    The first step to understand us is to accept us!
    Well done!
    XOX
    Lucio

  2. kaoko says:

    Habba berdee neeenaaaaa~~~

  3. nina says:

    Thank you so much, Annika, Melo, Lucio and Kaoko! 😀

  4. ajay says:

    Hala! Belated happy boirthday. Sana your travels have just begun….

  5. Christina says:

    Happy happy birthday, nina! What day was your bday?

    Many more happy travels to you. Hopefully next time I make it to Manila you will be around so I can buy us drinks :-p

  6. noemi says:

    I missed greeting you on your birthday. I saw it in facebook but it was a day too early. Anyway, happy belated birthday greetings 🙂

  7. nina says:

    Thanks for all the greetings girls!

    Ajay: Haha, yes! I hope so too!

    Christina: When *are* you coming back? Make it soon!

    Cayce: Thanks! Same with Christina…when are you coming here girl?

    Noemi: Thanks so much! I had the most fantastic 3-day birthday celebration lol

  8. Christina says:

    I am considering coming for next Christmas (2008). Will you be around? Perhaps we can entice Cayce to come for a visit then too. Bootie Meetup Round 4!

  9. Mike says:

    Happy Birthday, Nina!

  10. nina says:

    Christina: Well, I’ve no plans yet for Christmas 2008 (that’s still along way off!), but I hope I’ll be in Manila next time you swing by!

    Thanks for the greetings, Mike and Estan! 😀

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