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Thursday, December 29, 2011

My birthday!

Well today is my birthday. I turn 27 years old and inch closer and closer to 30! You know its funny when I was a teenager like 17 or 18 I thought 30 was SO old! By age 30 I expected to be married with two kids and a house with a white picket fence and an SUV with my dog in the back. Now at age 27 staring down the barrel of 30 I don't have any of that. But you know what? I am really happy! Of course I am not totally happy, no one is TOTALLY happy with their lives (otherwise you aren't living if you dont have some problems) but I am just about as close as you can get!

You see when I was born I had alot of medical problems and was born three months premature. The doctors didn't give me much chance of survival way back in 1984 much less a chance to lead a normal functional life. I can't imagine what my parents must have gone through. Luckily I proved them all wrong. Here I am 27 years later able to walk,talk and live normally. I like to think I am a productive functioning member of regular society lol. I am so blessed and lucky to have amazing doctors and nurses I will be forever grateful for!

When I was a kid I used to have a negative mindset about it all because I was "different" and not like everyone else. I hated my scars and my surgeries and the things I couldn't do. Sometimes I was quite depressed. Then one day I just decided to stop. Stop thinking so negatively. So over time I did! It took a while but finally I realised that I AM different but this is the way it is meant to be. Now I embrace my differences and love my scars (they are like a road map of my life). I was not able to join the military (my life long dream) but have now found my passion in life and I realise how lucky and blessed I am to be alive! There is many many people in this world much worse off than me.

I am lucky enough to have family and friends who love and support me. I am lucky enough to have found my passion in life (traveling) and lucky enough to be able to do it! To be free to see 20+ countries  (and counting!) I have seen and done so many amazing things in 27 years that most people don't get to see or do in a lifetime. I have no plans to stop until I feel like I have seen enough. We will see where this journey in life takes me and what the future holds but I am just along for the ride and lucky enough to still be here to enjoy it!

Last night my wonderful house mate Noong and my new roommate took me out for birthday dinner and drinks. It was very sweet of them and it was so good just to relax! She also got me an amazing cake and some fireworks! She is super sweet to me. Today we are having a party at my school (not for me but it could be haha!) and the kids are very excited for my birthday haha. Here is the sunrise I woke up too this morning!

I am loving life and will continue to do so until it is my time to leave this life. I wish you all the very best and hope you do the same! Happy New Year and all the best for 2012! -Tyler


  1. You brought a tear to my eye (or maybe more). You are a beautiful writer. We are extremely proud of you and so thankful for those doctors and nurses long ago. It's a good feeling to know your son is happy with his life. All our love, mom and dad.

  2. It sounds like you had a really nice birthday. Relaxing is a good way to celebrate and it sure looks beautiful there. Lots to celebrate. We are very happy you are doing well and you have made many people happy for knowing you. Have a great New Year Tyler.

  3. Happy birthday Tyler!! Really glad you are living the dream. Sounds like a blast that you're having. Great photo by the way. Enjoy your birthday Tyler hopes for many more.