When the movie Tangled first came out, I was only 7 years old. That's why I thought that Rapunzel had every right to do whatever she wanted. She was 18!
And I was usually the same age as the protagonist of most Disney movies/shows. Now I'm at the point of my life where I am definitely older than them -- and I can't even call myself a 'teen' anymore. That's just... weird. The more I think about being an adult, the less I know how to take it all in.
But today, I've been receiving a cascade of warm birthday congratulations and gifts. I feel blessed to know that people think of me and care for me. And I'm not just talking about my friends -- so many teachers congratulated my birthday and told me that I've grown into a wonderful adult. This made my heart melt :)
And what was also sweet was my birthday cake! This year, I took the liberty of baking my own cake instead of just buying it at a bakery. It was a vegan cake (not that I'm going vegan but I wanted to spice things up) that didn't require an oven. No flour or sugar was used -- only dates, honey, and almonds. There's a Korean Youtuber who shares amazing recipes and every time I make something of hers, it turns out to be delicious. Here's the link for the cake I made, in case you want to try it yourself!
The cake turned out to be delicious. The strawberry cashew filling was sweet and creamy. Mix that with the crumbly almond-date crust, the texture was perfect. The colours were amazing, too!
One totally unexpected gift was from, well, me! I completely forgot that I wrote a letter to myself a few years ago and scheduled its delivery for today (if you want to try it out yourself, you can go to FutureMe).
I thought I would share at least some parts of the message — it was too funny to keep it for myself. If you click on the arrow below, the email will expand! Do note that this was written by a girl in her teenage years, so it can be a little ✨dramatic✨ at some points.
14-year-old Elysia's letter to 19-year-old Elysia
My response to younger me
I love her (me). I realised that my flair in writing was already in full bloom back then -- especially for my love of puns.
Even though I am legally an adult, I still feel like a child at heart. I like my ability to still look at the world in an optimistic way and I wouldn't trade my imagination and zealous attitude towards life with anything. I'm still going to take everything as a new adventure.
Here's to a new chapter in my life :)