I haven't been much for reflection in my life. These past few years of milestones, 18 years, 21 years, 25 years, haven't seen much explicit celebration or made too much of a mark, but considering I am already well past what could charitably be called a quarter of my lifespan, it seems like a good time to reflect.

Twenty-six years. I am twenty-six years old, and what do I have to show for all that time? What do I have to look forward to? I think it would be fair to say that there are some things I regret about my life and its phases, but I am grateful to be here at all, and grateful for all the opportunities I've had. I'm even perversely grateful for the setbacks, as they've shown my resilience and the love of those around me. Thank God.

And thank you for reading, whether you're me in the future, my parents, friends, or a stranger. I'd like to leave you with one small exhortation that I'm trying to keep in mind for myself:

Stay true.

-Nicholas