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I would just like to take a moment to say...

My 17th birthday was yesterday and I have to say it was possibly the best birthday I have ever had! I spent it with my wonderful friends and family, and it made me realize how truley blessed I am. My friends surprised me really early in the morning with a cake, a huge card and gifts; and my family took me out to eat and afterwards we bought slurpies and enjoyed them at the park (a childhood tradition that we hadn't been able to do in a while because everyone is always so busy!) It was a wonderful celebration and I was very thankful.

Unfortunatley, I realized that sometimes we can all take the little things for granted, and those little things are the ingredients to your happiness! I know, like me, you guys have all had your ups and downs with your friends and family with arguments ranging from a lousy t-shirt that one forgot to return to the big stuff like breaking and making false promises. But no matter what, your family and friends will always be there for you and sometimes its easy to forget how important they are! I've learned that if you are able to get over the hardships in any of your relationships, you will deffiniatly have a friend forever! And, well, family, no matter what, will always be there for you, and you have to love them- it just comes natrually and unconditionally!

So I just want to take a moment to say: take a break from your busy schedules and appreciate what you have! Do it often and don't wait until a big birthday surprise, like I did, to make you realize how luck you are!

Who do you value? Tell them!

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