It's my birthday.
I am alone.
For some reason this day seems more difficult than the others.
I guess it's because birthdays are meant to celebrate our achievements of the past year.
I have achieved very little.
I decide not to dwell. I bake my absolute favourite cake. Strawberry. And I choose to see this as a fresh beginning to my quest. I have been working hard on my painting and gardening skills. And have achieved the highest standard in both. I have amassed quite a large amount of money through the selling of my paintings and my produce.
It is time for me to upgrade my little living area. I have decided that although I might build the house bigger. I will continue to live only in this little area. I need to remain focused on my goal and the luxuries of the house will only serve to distract me.
The first area I choose to upgrade is the garden. It is where I spend most of my time whilst I paint and some inspirational surroundings can only help that. I add an array of beautiful flowers and a pond and fountain.
I don't do any of the actual work myself, I cannot leave my tiny compound, but I have a helpful coordinator that takes my ideas and turns them into reality.
I also allow them to add a new room to the house. A large sitting room.
I watch the furniture being shifted in and I am filled with sadness and excitement. Once this quest is over I will be able to move through that locked door and see all those pieces, pieces I have earned, and to be able to enjoy them fully. But until then I can only watch as they are marched passed me and out of sight.