I’m just a few weeks away from my 32nd birthday. Now I know that that will seem ancient to some, and merely a baby to others. To me, it’s a pivotal stage. For the past 6 or 7 years (basically since the day I starting having to check the 26-32 age bracket in the surveys) I’ve struggled with “becoming older”. I wondered what I did with my 20s other than pop out three kids and acquire a couple tattoos. But I see now, on the other side of that 30-something hill, that all of those things were shaping me to be the person I’m truly supposed to be. I’m more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever been before. I don’t apologize for who I am, what I believe, what I feel or think. It’s such a freeing place to be, shedding those shackles of convention and standing proud where I am. There is no light at the “end of the tunnel”. The light is right here. It’s in us, it surrounds us, envelopes and caresses us, if we’re only able to embrace it and realize that who we are has been there all along. So happy 30-something birthday to me, and happy love, life, and light embracing to you. You are here. Let your light shine.