Being Grateful: Turning 24 <3

10 Nov

As much as I love celebrating birthdays of others and making them feel special, my mind combusts whenever I try to think of a plan for my very own.

I was honestly dreading my 24th birthday. There were so many reasons.  BUT I knew the greatest reason why.. simply because it was going to be different.

And so, the best way I thought I would be able to go through it was to make it as NORMAL as possible.

I tried to be low-key. I tried ignoring it.  I slept by 10 the night before and did not bother to wait till 12 midnight as I usually do. Turned off my data, woke up by 5am and went straight to Plana Forma. I did not even check any of my SnS accounts nor my cell phone’s inbox until I got to work. But as much as I tried to ignore it was my birthday, it was such a fail.

How can I ignore when photos and messages like these invaded my Facebook, instagram and even email?

How can I not just laugh out loud when my work station was designed this way when I came back from lunch?

How can I deny that it was my birthday when I had a special deliveries both in the office and at home?

To sum it all up, all I could say is that I am grateful.

I am grateful for the past year’s continuous opportunities for me to….


“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. That  was the perfect anthem of my 23rd year (and it continues to be). The past year has pushed me out of what I have been used to for most of my life. I am overwhelmed at the growth that I have seen in myself.


Life kept on throwing me in situations that I would have never thought of.  I am  humbled by the turn of events that tested what I was physically, emotionally and mentally made of.  It helped me discover so many things about myself. Things that I never knew I was capable of, being comfortable doing and enjoying.


“Only when you are empty, will you be filled.”   I felt stripped from everything that I knew and what I expected from myself . The past year was such a humbling experience.  It taught me not to expect anything or from any one. In the process, it taught me to be more patient, accepting and thankful.


My list of girl friends and best friends is a pretty long one. It has always been my nature to love and take care of loved ones.   I am very thankful for the opportunities to show my love and care for each and every one! So happy to have those joint experiences (or problems) that we all journey on together and try to overcome. But more importantly, I am also very thankful for the opportunities that slowly allow myself to feel  worthy to be loved.


The short messages, the birthday wishes and the gestures of love all added up. I realized that no single  “big celebration” or “person” can match up to all of these little things when added up together. And actually, that day felt extra extra special as compared to the birthdays I’ve had in the past years.  It was so timely that my favorite seatmate told me just a few days before that “the little things add up”. It honestly did.

And so, now that I am 24…here’s a reminder for myself to never stop being grateful for this wonderful life:

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

My only birthday wish for myself is to continue being grateful for all of the things that are happening in my life, to be strong and to live well through it all. ❤

5 Responses to “Being Grateful: Turning 24 <3”

  1. thatguy6614 November 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    One of the best birthday post I’ve read for awhile. Keep writing and more power to you Andro! Live for a living!

    • androrono November 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I wish you all the best too!

  2. eriiii November 12, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Andro! I agree, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I’m so happy for you and I miss you!! 🙂

    • androrono November 12, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Ate Pam! Miss you loads. Can we meet up soon? 🙂 After your birthday? Heehee. 🙂

      • eriiii November 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

        Hi Andro! Sure, I’d love to! 🙂

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