I enjoy reading about happiness. And since I've made it to 26 and I still like who I am, I'm pretty happy. I love reading about what makes people happy and how they stay that way. Why are some people apathetic about some things, while those same things might make someone else overjoyed?
I recently looked at the Ted Talk by Sam Berns, a teenager who was diagnosed with Progeria, a disease that causes advanced aging. Sam recently died due to complications from the disease. Here is a kid who had every reason to be unhappy with the world, yet he found happiness. The talk is worth your time:
I especially liked Sam's note to "surround yourself with people of high quality." If there is anything I am especially proud of, it's just that. I consider myself so blessed to have so many high quality people in my life.
I want to thank a few that have made my 25th year especially memorable:
- Alex and Andy: Thank you guys for being fun people to hang out with. Doing the radio show this summer was definitely a highlight of my year. I'm excited to call you both colleagues (hopefully sooner than later.)
- DJB: Thank you for being a teacher, a big brother, and a friend. I've leaned a ton from you this year at IB. I admire your outlook and attitude towards life.
- Kiley and Everyone at NIS: Thank you for being a great mentor for these past two years with NIS. It's been a wild ride and I'm so glad to be aboard. It was a pleasure meeting so many of you this year.
- M.B.: Thank you for being so nice to me when I started out at Improv Boston. And thank you for being a great teacher and having a positive attitude towards everything.
- Jack & Chelsea: Thank you for being such a fun couple to hang out with. I love our stimulating conversations, karaoke sessions, and Minnesota accent sessions over quality malty beverages.
- Paul, Bruce, Lara and the rest of the McLeod clan: Thank you for adopting me into the family. I can't thank you enough for your hospitality and thoughtfulness.
- Joyce and Kelly: Thank you for being great bosses and mentors. I've learned a lot from both of you.
- All my classmates at BU: Thank you for being a driven, and entertaining group. You all push me to do my best.
- Caitlin: Thank you for pushing me to take a class at IB. It literally changed my life and I accomplished numerous goals because of that.
-Srilatha: Thank you for being my comedy sister. It's been so fantastic seeing you develop as a performer.
- The IB Community: Thank you for being such a positive and welcoming community. I love being around such fun and hilarious people. You are a big reason why I decided to stay in Boston.
- The WHY-SKYS and their Better Halves: Thank you for being the best friends anyone can ask for. I respect and admire all of you.
- Chris: Thank you for being a brother that keeps life interesting. Thank you for teaching me about loyalty in ways I could have never imagined. I hope to learn more from you as we get older.
- To My Parents: It's never easy for kids to give credit to the parents. After 26 years, I've started to realize how much you have done behind the scenes for me and I can't begin to thank you enough. You are wonderful and I love you both.
And thank you all to have done simple things for me, whether it was checking in, having coffee, or just being friendly to me. Those tiny moments mean a lot to me.
Well, here's to 26 years more....