Birthday montage

This is the part of the movie where a slow song plays and scenes from the last year of my life fade into each other.

It starts with a month of goodbyes and a plane, lifting off and crossing an ocean. Dissolve to sleepless nights, hurried words and uncertainty. Pan left to the silence of 2am. Star wipe to a few Christmas scenes.

As the tempo picks up, there’s the Colosseum, the Pyramids and some monkeys. Spliced between are books and faces. Cue the Eiffel Tower and sunsets. Fade into sun reflecting off an ocean and then bearing down on the Acropolis. Cut to Scottish hills and the North Sea. Dissolve to extreme close up of a Greek pot and a computer screen. Intersperse people, here and left behind. Fade to black.

So, it’s my birthday. Number 23. And it’s been a hell of a year. I’ve been looking at photos of people and places and I know that there’s no going back. Even if I am, technically, going back. It’s all different. Everything’s changed. And isn’t that the most you could ask for in a year of your life?

This is the song I would put behind this year’s montage:

I’ll be talking about this year for at least a decade. Remember that time I got stuck in Pompeii? Well, when I was in Greece…. You know, in Egypt... Oh, yeah, I got that in Paris.

Dear 23,

You’re going to have to try really hard if you want to contend with 22.



Me and the Mediterranean


  • By Shaun Mcalister, August 3, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Glad I could be part of it! Make sure you keep telling that Pompeii story :-) See you soon *hugs*

  • By Faebala, August 3, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    I love you so much. I’ve always loved who you were and I love who you’ve become and that you’re finally seeing what I always saw in you. <3 This made me smile.

  • By Eleni, August 3, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Wow, you have had a pretty amazing year. I’ve loved following your adventures. Best wishes for your coming year! Which is technically your 24th year (you just completed your 23rd), though I guess you could call it “the year when you are 23″, so it’s 23 in that way.

    Sorry for the tangent. Nice song!

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