Editor's Note

12:30:00 AM

This note is scheduled to publish at the exact same minute (12:30 AM, January 31, 2016) the plane I am in is expected to land at Noi Ba International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hanoi will be an experience of a lifetime and of many firsts for me—first time to travel outside the country, ergo first time to be a foreigner, first time to travel alone, first time to not be surrounded by friends and family on my birthday. I am hoping the city will be kind as I consider this trip a significant mark in my journey to (full-fledged) adulthood.

Today, I turn 25—the dreaded mighty quarter life!—and I am excited for many things.

I am excited for the people I will meet in this trip,
but more for the time I'd have all to myself.

I am excited to get lost in a city that speaks a different language,
lives a different culture and breeds a different face,
but more for it to lead me to a deeper appreciation of home.

I am excited to see a good deal of art, eat good food,
add a check right next to "World Heritage Site" in my travel bucket list,
but more for the intangible things that God will allow me to experience while I'm here.

I am excited to grow another year older,
in an unfamiliar place that has unfamiliar pressures,
but more for the ways He will make me wiser this year.


And for all the pressures life decides to throw at me at this season, I have God's Word to lean on. He said in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." It's the perfect verse for people who are dealing with any life crisis, don't you think?

And whatever He promises, He holds true. Who knew quarter life can be so simple?

What does it mean to be 25 these days anyway?

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