This year, I’ll just be genuine.
Happy birthday, Britt. We “met” when you first commented on my blog wayyy back on July 6, 2006, and the last two and a half years have definitely been amazing. I’m so glad that I have gotten to be a part of your life and participate in the huge changes that have happened.
Even though I tease you about being “Mother of the Year”, I’m amazed at the forethought and consideration you put into every value you instill and every lesson you teach your children. They are going to grow up to be amazing people, and they are going to have you to thank for that. You support your entire family, sometimes using nothing but sheer force of will, and your strength is tremendous. You manage to run a household and work and write and experience life and even though it’s been hard, you still manage to make it look easy.
You’re not even 30 and you’ve accomplished more and seen and done more things in life than most people ever will. Your willingness to try new things and take that risk and look around the next corner makes an indelible impression on every person you meet, myself included. You’ve pushed me to move outside my comfort zone, you’ve made me more optimistic about people, and you’ve encouraged me to be more personal in life and online, and I appreciate that more than you’ll know. You have it within you to actually motivate others to do good things and to embrace life, even if you won’t admit it.
You’ve taken the obstacles that life has given you – obstacles that would block most people from succeeding – and turned them into tools and motivation for success. Nothing is insurmountable to you. Events that other people would use to become victims or would use as excuses are merely building blocks to you, and you’ve managed to become a smart, savvy, wonderful person.
You’re my best friend – one that I know I can count on whenever I need you. I can’t think of anyone better suited to be my confidante, my friend, my support, my conscience, my coach, and my surrogate family. You’re one of the smartest people I know and I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for you. I’m proud to be associated with you and thankful to be your friend.
Happy birthday. I love you (in a totally non-sexual, friend/little sister type of way that in no way impedes the love I have for my wife).
P.S. If you die before me, I’m totally using this as your eulogy too.
(Also, go wish KG a happy birthday, too.)