Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. It turns out turning 26 wasn't as painful as I thought it would be (see this post). I was remembering the past year and thinking that I have so much to be thankful for. It really was one of my happiest years of my life: 10 countries, a few crazy adventures, lots of good friends, and a whole lot of laughter.
If 26 is anything like 25, I think I've got a lot to look forward to.