Here is my birthday homework:
1. Watch the sunrise.
(The first sun of a new age.)
2. Write a list of things I am grateful for (I try to get to 108.)
(Becoming vegan, bathing in the river, trying jackfruit, traveling with my mother, the love of friends)
3. Write a list of ten personality traits and skills I would like to adopt or strengthen over the next year.
(Patience, humility, driving a stick shift, becoming a hula hooping master…)
4. Smile at what I’ve learned this year, no matter how big or small these lessons were.
(How to chop wood, the power in admitting your mistakes, veganic gardening, making my own poi and not being afraid to smack myself in the face with them…)
5. Hug everyone I can get my hands on.
(One of the keys to life.)
6. Watch the sunset.
(It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. – Bern Williams)
7. Say thank you.
(To my friends, my family, the clerk at the store, the sun. There is no such thing as being too grateful.)
So Happy Birthday to all of you out there. I hope this next year brings you every lesson you need and every challenge you can face, and that your adventure around the sun is a bright one. It’s a big world out there and 365 days is plenty of time to get your homework done.