Dear… everyone, I guess.

This is too big of a post to put on Facebook. But I wanted to make a post thanking everyone for your very, very lovely birthday messages. I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact the number of Facebook friends I have grew, or if that’s due to the fact that the number of real life, close, actual friends I have grew–but I appreciated every single one of these messages and this is the most birthday wishes that I’ve ever gotten in my life.

So here we go, a giant thank you to everyone who made me feel loved. :)

A huge thanks goes out to my family–the ones who are in Taiwan still and those approximately a thousand miles away in Georgia. Yes, if you were in Taiwan you actually ruined every single one of my American friend’s wishes to be “first” since you guys are 13 hours ahead (apparently there was a slight competition with being “first”, according to the private messages I’ve gotten…), but getting sweet messages from you guys is the best feeling ever. :) Shout out to my darling little sister, who was counting down till 12:00 EST to wish me a happy birthday. And of course, to my mom, who didn’t make “first” because of my relatives in Taiwan but went ahead and called “first” for my lunar calendar birthday because “that’s the one that matters.”

Thank you, for those who I’ve known since I was crazy little and have stuck by me all of these years. Whether I’ve known you since preschool or middle/high school, y’all are amazing and it makes me feel like I’ve done something right for you to stay by me for this long… I’m missing you guys and hoping that college is treating you well. … and thank you so much! 

To the new friends: this week was my toughest week thus far at Cornell, and while I tried to smile through it, it was feeling sort of like “hey, this ship is sort of sinking and I’m kidding myself by acting like it’s not.” My birthday was actually the last thing on my mind, and when people asked me how I was celebrating it, I just told them I was studying–because prelims were a thing and I didn’t have time to think about my birthday.

But you guys have brought it to such a memorable end that, I’m not even really sure how to describe it. I’m still sort of at a loss for words, but not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I don’t know how to say it in order to do it justice. It wasn’t just the sweet, heartfelt messages to remind me that, “hey, I have people who care!” It was also the smiles on campus and the random hugs and just loving me in general. I guess it’s not really limited to my birthday–you guys make me feel pretty loved on a regular basis. :)

And of course… there comes a point in this thank you note that I’d have to address today:

You guys really took “birthday” to a new level. I didn’t even think anyone outside of my family really cared enough to write me heartfelt messages, not to mention come up with a birthday hot pot and get-together. It was craftily put together, by the way, considering I was there the entire time when we picked up hot pot materials. Thank you guys for putting this all together–and for taking time out of your busy lives to plan it out and spend time with me. You guys really made me feel special. :) Yes, it was a tough week for me, but I honestly feel like I have an army of support behind me and words really cannot describe how moved I feel. This is a memory that I will cherish forever, and I’m just sad I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of it all.

I’ve always wanted to find a group of people who uplift & inspire me, and you guys are exactly that. Thanks for being the people I love being around, and I know I’ve said it before, but thanks for being my family.

So thank you, thank you, thank you. :) I’m a very lucky person to have you all. Old friends, and new.

With SO much love,

Cindy