I celebrated my birthday throughout last week. It was full of fun, laughter, awesome memories, and of course, a whole lot of food! It's common for people to ask if you feel any different being a year older on your birthday. Usually you look at the person asking you with a blank stare thinking umm no. But for the first time in my life I actually do feel different. I'm in my late 20's! A major reality check. Something clicked in my head saying I really gotta get my shit together like, now! I haven't been as fortunate as others, I didn't have the most glamorous life growing up. I didn't always have what I wanted, but I did have everything I needed. I learned to appreciate what I had and to work harder for the things I want. But it also held me back from doing the best and getting the best. I lived the way I knew. And a lot of the time I still do. I grew up living with my entire family, like Full House status, there was a family living in every room. It's common for Filipino families to live that way. Supporting each other, sharing a home. My family migrated from the Philippines to America back in the 80's so they can live a better life. It's been quite a while since my parents have gotten a place of their own for us, but they still have their struggles. I know it's not what they had imagined for themselves. I want to do better for them and myself too. And it's about time. I gotta stop cruising by and do something real.