I finally figured out why I don’t work on my birthday. I spent the day alone, wondering aimlessly looking for something to catch me by surprise. A phone call from a stranger or a party from a well wisher but the routine remains the same. My mom, my sister, my two best friends, one who always calls late. I cried again as I do every year; I spent time feeling foolish for being so thankful for another year. Ironically, this is the happiest I have ever been. The saddest soul I am, but also determined. You will not ever know the reward of sacrifice unless you faithfully practice diligence.