hello, spring flowers! around this time every year (my birthday's tomorrow), i become highly introspective. i assess my status—in terms of happiness, health and goals—and often feel i'm coming up short somewhere; that i could do a little bit more, or approach things a little bit differently. but, all this new life popping up around me serves as a reminder that my future is full of promise. there will be disappointments and uncertainties, but if i handle them with grace, i'll (hopefully) learn a few things about myself—things i can apply to the fresh opportunities that await me in my twenty-fifth year.