This past weekend, I finally celebrated my 21st birthday among friends and family. I could not have hoped for a better evening spent in the company of people I love and by whom I felt loved and appreciated. The party itself was casual and laid back, while I was buried in birthday gifts (thank you all), I helplessly witnessed some rather embarrassing photos/videos to the great entertainment of everyone and shared an incredibly well made cake in the shape of a Lamborghini Huracàn (with a high-fidelity model of myself complete with facial hair and my typical attire) – I was sad to have to eat such an excellent work of art (my stomach certainly wasn’t).

So there we have it. I have now entered adulthood according to the venerable traditions of Western society. This means it is time to once and for all shake off the cloak of childhood and start making real life decisions. Daunting? Yes indeed! But let’s not be hasty now; I’ll have to take all this “adult” stuff one step at a time. I’ve begun by listing some of my “life goals”, which I will cover in an upcoming Blog post.

In the mean time, I would like to thank each one of you for being a part of my life over the last 21 years (or a fraction thereof). The Lord knows how much I have been blessed by the love I have received from you all, for you patience, counselling, friendship, moral support and generosity. Without each of you, I wouldn’t be who I am today, nor so full of joy and hope for the future. Know that the Holy Spirit has worked through you all in a rich and broad spectrum of ways, spiritually and practically. I look forward to many more years during which I will get to know each of you better and grow in holiness together.

Luckily, there is no need to quote Bilbo’s  own birthday speech (especially since I’m not going to disappear into thin air – or at least I hope not). I am however still going to quote it, because it’s the first birthday-related quote I could think of, and for the sake of humour!

God Bless you all.

“I am immensely fond of you all and [twenty]-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable [Human Beings].”

Bilbo Baggins at his 111th Birthday, The Lord of the Rings

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