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03 May 2014 @ 06:11 pm
Happy birthday, Maria Harris.  
Happy birthday, Maria Harris. You share a birthday with the City of Washington D.C. and also with Geocashing. Imagine that: an entire city was born on the same day of the year that you were. Well, to be honest it was incorporated, which is pretty much the same thing to a city as being born is to a human. 3 May is also the day that the very first Geocashing co-ordinates went up on Usenet. Geocashing, if you don't know, is where people hide little things at specific places and try to get other people to find them using various types of maps and little local clues. It's sort of like a scavenger hunt.

These things don't really tie into any sort of concept or advice I'd like to give you this year. In other years I've tried to talk about things I thought were important (Freedom! Siblings! Several-hundred year-old saints! Biting!) This year I just wanted to give you some trivia and let you know you aren't alone. Ever. But in a good way, not a creepy way, I promise. There will always be something new to learn, more trivia to watch or read about. Every day. New skill, new places, new facts. There is an old saying that if you are bored, then you are boring. That always made me mad because I think what's closer to the truth is that if you're bored, you don't actually know what it is you want to do. The only remedy I've found for it is to go and find the un-boring world for myself. Go to the library. Take a tour of your hometown. Go to a museum. With your mom or dad's help, go dive through the Internet (the most wonderful, all-inclusive fount of knowledge the human race has put together in thousands of years,) go to the zoo.

As to not being alone (and really not in a creepy way, I swear): you aren't and never will be. Sometimes you may find yourself by yourself. And that is okay. Sometimes I find it's a really good thing to just Get Away From People (I put that in capitals because I understand how sometimes other people can be exhausting.) But there is a difference between being by yourself and being alone. Someone will always be thinking of you, Maria. You have a good family. Even though they aren't perfect. You have a large extended net of human beings out there in the world who are thinking good things of you, care about how you are growing, and who want you to be happy. If you do decide to try to get out there in the world (to the library or zoo or any of the other suggestions I made) the further out you get you may feel like you are the only one who has ever felt the way you do or thought the things you think and that no one cares about you. Always remember that "no one cares about you" is just a lie. People do, and always will. No matter where you go or what you do.

And that's all. Have a great year, Kiddo. Hang in there.