Oh hey, I’m 25!

Twenty-five years ago today (Friday the 13th), my two-weeks-overdue mother decided that she was inducing this baby. After a bit of drama involving a suction cup and a cord wrapped around my neck, I managed to get born. Since then I’ve done a lot of things—some good, some bad, none epic—I’m hoping on the whole that my life trends towards the good and does good to those around me.

My parents named me Ruth, after all, and I grew up being told that it meant either “Compassionate” or “friend,” and even if I didn’t really like that…it’s grown on me.

In some ways, birthdays (like new years) are arbitrary distinctions. But this year in particular, I like drawing a line here. Most of my 24th year was hellish and stressful and worried and sad. The overarching theme was my mother’s gradual decline and death and the fallout that had in other parts of my life. It was not a good year.

So I’m a bit excited about this next one, I want to draw a little line on today and say “Ok, now I’m 25.” I know that won’t actually fix things in my life, but I’m trying to look at it optimistically anyway.

I’ve started library school, which also makes me feel like I’m doing something with myself and moving toward the future I want. And I think I’ve gotten a handle on some other things in my life which I was letting make me miserable. I’ve also divested myself of a few responsibilities which were bringing more stress than benefit and invested myself in other things I love more (like this blog). I’ve also invested myself in a group of people who are truly phenomenal and who make me feel loved and supported and hope that I can love and support them in turn.

So here’s to 25 being a good year to be Ruth!


  1. Terry says:

    A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! I hope you have a magical day. *hugs*

  2. Daniel says:

    Congratulations to you are in order! Have wonderful birthday awesomeness. You have magic powers today. And robo-lasers.

  3. Andrew says:

    Here’s a fun fact:

    The only two ways that the archaic form of ruth survive in English today is in the name and in the word ruthless, meaning “without compassion.”

    Oh and happy birthday!

  4. Lesley says:

    Love, hugs, and happy birthday wishes to you! <3

  5. Anassa says:

    Here’s to an awesome year, Ruth!

  6. Chris says:

    Happy birthday!! We love you!!

  7. Jesse says:

    Happy birthday Ruth!! I have to disagree that nothing you have done has been epic..you have awed me time and time again since I met you with your compassion for others and courage. You are amazing!! Have a good one :)

  8. Eleni says:

    Happy birthday! Best wishes for a wonderful, uplifting year!

  9. Spring says:

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  10. Kylee Lane says:

    I clearly don’t spend enough time stalking your blog…

    Hope you had a great birthday. ♥ *squeeeeze*

    On a side note, “I’ve started library school”…RUTH! You are the sexiest!

  11. Kylee Lane says:

    Um…I just posted a comment and for some reason it is posting my tweets as my last blog.? >.< Ahhh! The future! I cant handle it!

    More love for you ♥♥♥

  12. Eleni says:

    OK, I just made this connection: It seems you were born on the same day that Super Mario Bros. (original Nintendo game) was released. Don’t know if you’re a fan, but that’s some serious geek cred there :)

    I saw some other site refer to Mario Bros.’ 25th birthday yesterday, and thought, “Hey I know someone whose 25th birthday was yesterday…” You may have already known this, but I just thought I’d mention it.

  13. Ruth says:

    @Terry Thanks, it was lovely!

    @Daniel I wasn’t really good with magical powers, but I did pretty well anyway. :)

    @Chris Thank you, I feel loved!

    @Jesse Thank you muchly. It’s what I try to be but I’m not sure how often I succeed.

    @Spring Thanks! :)

    @Kylee Yep, library school FTW! Sort of. Today’s post not withstanding anyway. 😉

    @Eleni I didn’t realize it until yesterday when people were tweeting about it. That’s pretty cool.

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