This picture was taken on my 20th birthday.

At that time I was unaware of all the great things coming my way. I wasn’t expecting to ever be the person I have become in just 2 years.

Now at 22 I have this whole concept on life where I have to smile.

At least once in the day.

To make up for the frowns I let sit on my face before my 20’s.

I was excited to enter my 20’s. I kept saying in my head, “I am not a teen anymore. I am an adult.”

Little did I know the responsibilities and the obstacles I would face.

Money, college, relationships, health problems.

Two years later I can honestly say, screw all that.

Life is a gift. Too many people don’t make it past their 20’s.

If I let these things destroy my 20’s, did I really even live life?

It’s all about resilience, the ability to bounce back after hardships.

I was suddenly thrown in this world where I no longer was a victim of my past. My teenage years were difficult but I saw my 20’s as an opportunity to escape the sorrow, or the insecurities.

My friends took me out that day and as they told me to smile for this picture, I said in my head, “May this be the first of many smiles…”

About simplyunamariposaA 22 year old. Ready to take on the world. Ready to share my love for writing day by day!