My sweet Gill,
Today is your day! A day to celebrate the passionate, courageous and brilliant woman that is Gillian Young. I speak for all of us that have the good fortune of knowing you that we’re damn glad you were born (cheers to you, too, YY!).
The photo above is my place of calm and joy on the frequent days that I wish nothing harder than to hop on a plane and enjoy a meal with you.
You are a vision and an inspiration of how a person should live their life each and every day…with patience, optimism, and the if all else fails the understanding that a fucked situation will be a great chapter in your memoir.
This hasn’t come upon you by default but rather dedication to living a life you are excited to live. This past year has been, above all else, a journey and one that you have navigated not with ease but more importantly with consciousness. Never have I met a person who is so in touch with themselves, their feelings and intentions for themselves and you inspire me to do the same each and every day.
Writing that first letter to you three years ago turned out to be one of the most incredibly serendipitous, seemingly insignificant, moments in my adult life. Your love, encouragement and inspiration have made me a much more confident young woman and altered my life in the most positive way. You welcomed me into your home, your family, and your daily life.
For this and most importantly for YOU, I am so overwhelming grateful. You are one hell of a woman and I love you more than words can say.
Happy happy birthday, beautiful. Wishing you a year bursting with love, good food, exotic places and the next chapter in your wild, beautiful, inspirational story.