May you always be curious about the world around you, finding beauty in even the smallest things, perpetually learning, constantly growing...
May you embrace life and live it fully, whether you're hugging trees, dancing to a mix CD, or creating art in all its various forms.
May you become stronger with every hardship, more compassionate with every heartache, more forgiving with every disappointment.
May you find the courage to speak your mind and to hold firmly to your principles, yet always seeking the way of peace and respectful dialog even in the midst of conflict.
May you know love and joy in their deepest forms, and may you give love and joy as much as and whenever possible.
May you write your own role in the story you find yourself in, wherever you may go and whatever you may do.
And, most of all, may you always know how much and how fiercely your mama loves you...
[...Cue your favorite version of Forever Young here...]