Aloha Maui: Happy Birthday!

Let’s get real for a sec. Sometimes birthdays can bring about some rather mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s your birthday and you get to celebrate and eat cupcakes. On the other hand, well, it’s your birthday and you have acknowledge that you are a year older. Even if you’re turning 29. Again. I’m working on embracing getting older, appreciating that being in my thirties means no longer spending my days toiling away in the basement of my grad school years,┬áthat every year I learn a little more, and that I am increasingly comfortable in my own skin. But when all of that mature, responsible train of thought does not quite ease the distress of being another year older, might I suggest Hawaii?

Although perhaps spending your actual birthday traveling is not the most fun way to spend the day, I celebrated the small things along the way.

There was Dutch Bros. coffee

There was Dutch Bros. coffee

And breakfast burritos

And breakfast burritos

And a practically empty airplane

And a practically empty airplane

And a sunset over the ocean

A sunset over the ocean

Let's not forget the mai tais

Let’s not forget the mai tais

And really good sushi. At a sport's bar. Because that is pretty much the only thing open on Maui on a Sunday night

And really good sushi. At a sport’s bar. Because that is pretty much the only thing open on Maui on a Sunday night. But the sushi was delicious.

And most of all, there was this guy. Who, as mushy as this sounds, makes me feel special every day. And who doesn't hesitate to say yes when I suggest celebrating my birthday with a trip to Hawaii.

And most of all, there was this guy. Who, as mushy as this sounds, makes me feel special even when it’s not my birthday. And who doesn’t hesitate to say yes when I suggest celebrating my birthday with a trip to Hawaii.

Whether you are turning 32 or 92, your life is a gift. Your unique, crazy, hard, beautiful, sad, joyful, wonderful life is your chance to become and do and live. That, my friends, is worth celebrating. Hopefully in Hawaii.

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