I was planning to post a meatless Monday recipe from my semi-new Plenty cookbook (Ottolenghi can’t stop, won’t stop), but instead I wanted to offer up a bit of reflection, since today is my birthday!
Birthdays are so strange. We celebrate the anniversary of our own birth, a moment in time none of us remember, yet in fact shape our whole existence.
I was walking around San Diego yesterday just thinking about birthdays, and being born, and coming into the world. Everyday of our lives we are learning, growing, doing, shaping, making, expanding and we do this without ever pausing to reflect on how wonderful it all is!
This birthday I am taking the day to think about all of the amazing things I have accomplished (which I rarely ever do), the places I’ve traveled, the people I’ve met and cultivated relationships with, the work I have done, the things I have created, the moments of laughter and joy, the moments of crying and despair, my truly remarkable family that accepts my never-ending madness, my friends who I care so deeply about, my boyfriend who has been my source of happiness for the past five years, the many many people I meet and move on, the way my body is growing and changing, and how even though we congratulate one another on being born, what we are really saying is- I’m happy you were born and that we came to know one another.
I am taking my anniversary day of myself to congratulate myself on all the successes, the ups and downs, and just being in the world. I’m so excited for the next 26 years of life and all it has to offer. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes, and for being so incredibly inspiring to me every single day. Here’s to another expansive year filled with creativity, love and happiness bursting at every twist and turn!