21st birthday cruise with my mom, 1999

Here I am, several lifetimes ago. For my twenty-first birthday, my mother took me on a cruise. It was a wonderful time, our stops included Cozumel, Cancun, and Grand Cayman. It was so much fun, from dancing on the tables at Carlos’n Charlie’s to hitting the chocolate buffet to having lots of nice relaxing time in the sun, this trip was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. This picture reminds me of that exact moment in my life:  I was free, just starting out on my own path, and I had it all there in front of me. It’s bittersweet.