Today as I turn 25, I say goodbye to the morning of my life as I officially step into the afternoon. I have come a longgggg way and I have learnt a lot of things, one of which was most recently, owning my age. Prior to now, I tried so hard to hide my age from people because letting them in on how (much more younger than them I was) young I was, would mean giving them the license to belittle me, disregard me and possibly loose the frienship, as they would suddenly realise how I was not 'their mate'.
I remember sending you a mail about an incident in the office, where I let out my age to some female colleague and I began to seriously regret it as she immediately began taunting me, calling me small girl, saying how I was like her younger sister and I needed to respect her and yadi yadi yadi.
But like you advised me to, I have began to own my age and no longer allow people make me feel bad for being young and at the level that I am careerwise and otherwise.
I feel so excited I'm turning 25. I feel like...wow...the big 25 is finally here. I am not yet married.......like I imagined I would be 5 yrs ago; I didn't end up studying Medicine or becoming a doctor, like I imagined I would have 10yrs ago; I haven't travelled the world like I imagined I would have 5/10 yrs ago, but guess what? Like I imagined 5/10 yrs ago, I am alive, happy, healthy and on my way to achieving all of the above (except being a doctor of course) including much more importantly the greatness that God has destined for me to attain.
I am grateful to God for the lessons of patience, forgiveness, genuine love and humility that he has taken me through.
I have become a better person because of them.
I thank my supermom and awesome sister Patricia for their unflinching support, unmatchable care and unconditional love.
I must say that I have some of the best cousins ever and even though I hardly say it I love them crazy.
Finally, for the first time in a very long while, I have a 'bae' to celebrate my special day with. And although this bae is still cooking and hasn't officially been served, I am almost certain it's going to be the best ever.
Could this 25th birthday go any much better? Hehe! Happy Silver Jubilee to me yo!!!
Awww. Happy birthday Chinonso. I remember the very first time you mailed me. When you subsequently told me your age I was flabbergasted. You sounded much wiser, much older than the age you said you were. Another striking thing was the way you wrote. It was a really long mail but you wrote it like an essay; measured paragraphs, proper punctuation marks at the appropriate places, expansive vocabulary and depth. In such a way that made it so easy to read. What I immediately loved about you was saying you loved my blog although you didn't agree with everything I thought or did. I love a person who although, not in whole agreement with a person can convey the message with warmth and affection. From that moment you had my respect. You may not be the most frequent commenter, but you're a great part of the TTB family and I appreciate you so much my darling.
25 is a beautiful year, it's an important year. I wish you every happiness and I pray that those expectations you have will be met, soon. God bless you sweetness.