Yesterday's birthday celebration was probably the best I ever had. For the first time in my life I had all my best friends in one place. Usually at least one person is away or busy doing something else, but this time, I had luck on my side. The evening started with Korean BBQ in Korea town and ended with boba at Marlon's condo. It was a very enjoyable experience. During the night I kept thinking about how lucky I was to have the friends that I have and how much each of them have contributed to my life. I actually almost started to tear because I was so happy. My friends are one of the main reasons why I am the man I am today and I am sure I would be less of a whole person if it were not for them.
Since I am writing about my birthday, I feel that I should mention my reflections on how I lived my previous year. The decisions that I have made in the past 12 months could be described as wise. I certainly do not regret any of them even though a few did not lead to the results that I had hoped for. For example, I do not regret having done all that research for my book even though I did not end up writing it. It was because I read all those texts that I learned more about political theory in this past year than I had all the years prior. A goal not attained is not effort wasted.
The same could be said of my decisions regarding cradle to cradle. Even though I did not end up working for the Institute full time, I definitely do not regret choosing to move up there and meet everyone face to face. It was a priceless experience. Furthermore, I am certain that the connections that I made there will benefit me in the future.
All in all, I have to say that I am happy with how I lived my 25th year.