I'm so late posting the most popular stuff this month. I did take a screen shot on the first for the sake of accuracy, because it would bother me otherwise. Oh, and it was my birthday. So, I can forgive myself. Speaking of my birthday, it was wonderful. I spent it at The Hobbit House on AirBnb. I was planning to take a solo hike through Malibu and contemplate my 20's but instead I got really, really drunk with some fast friends who were kind enough to plan a birthday for me, when I let it slip that my uncle texted me 'Happy Birthday'. I'm not great at keeping secrets. They had about an hour to get it all together, but I got a cake, champagne, an adventure, and a party. It was magical, and spontaneous, and required me to deviate from my prior plans to go inward. Steering from the original plan is not something I'm great at. I had a whole equation worked out x = amount of time with friends + y = amount of time with family + z = amount of time for myself. XYZ = my birthday plans. So, this birthday was a good exercise in going with the flow and all the wonderful things that can happen from staying in the moment instead of rehashing the past. I think there's a time and place for both, but also be available for those who want to do something for you now. You snooze, you lose. And spontaneity is highly under-rated, under-utilized, and you don't always get a second chance. That's what my 20's have taught me. Some things only happen once and I'd rather be the person who jumps and falls, instead of the one who is overly committed to plans that seem guaranteed to work. I don't think there are any guarantees. Not that that should scare you, quite the opposite actually. I think it's liberating. So many follow the beaten path laid before them. All the things in life that make perfect sense, and should work out can leave you flat on your ass in middle age with not much to your name, except completing some mission you never set out for that would make the younger version of you shiver in the terror of what the future might hold.
Lesson: Stack your chips, but never be afraid to knock them down.
Well, that felt like a pretty heaving intro into the most popular features this month, but uh, happy to be here.
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