Some notes about my non-asterisk, real thirtieth yesterday:
- Took the day off of work
- Enjoyed dinner at my favorite restaurant with my favorite person
- Was surprised with a cake; felt crazy-giddy and happy
- Ended the night late over drinks at Southgate with an all-around great guy
- Went home with a smile on my face, feeling like I hit the happiness jackpot
For all intents and purposes I spent the better part of the last decade in Vietnam, with only sporadic breaks from time to time. I’m comfortable knowing, though, that I won’t be able to say the same thing about the next ten years. Vietnam will still be a big part of my life, but it won’t be my life anymore or what defines me as it did during my 20s. I love this country so much; it’s part of my identity. But I see the sunset on its way, and that’s totally cool.