Today is about celebrating you. However, I don't think that to celebrate you should be limited to simply one single day, because you are truly someone worth celebrating always. When I met you, my life was full of doubts and confusion and uncertainties. It's an image of almost perfect clarity in my mind, the day your path crossed mine. I was inexplicably drawn to you. I knew, even then, that there was something so very special about you. You managed to get inside of me in a way I'd never let anybody else in before. I'd kept myself guarded and you managed to slip under the wire and there you were, ready to become absolutely everything to me. We were the unlikeliest of friends, but your measure of worth to me soon became invaluable. You became invaluable to me. Our friendship brought to life a deeper, more intense connection between us and I think that my heart knew long before my mind just exactly what you had become to me. You were, are, and have always been brilliant and kind and funny and passionate and everything that I could have ever wanted or needed.
You have a passion about you that is breathtaking. I could sit and watch you creating worlds on your canvas or with your pen for hours and never lose my fascination with the beauty of you. I could write a million songs born from the inspiration of you. You speak your passion, you breathe it, you glow with it. The passion you have for your life, your family, your friends, your work, there is not a single aspect of you that you do not put your entire heart and soul into. Sometimes I imagine that having such passion must get exhausting, but it's who you are. And who you are is more beautiful than I can justifiably put into words.
I look back on those months before you were my lover and see the inevitability of us and what we would become. You are my perfect match in every single way. I am better for knowing you, and a better person because of you. You inspire me, you drive me, you challenge me, you support me, and you love me. I wish you could look at yourself and see the man that I see, the beautiful, passionate man who will always encourage me and compel me, and who I will always believe in. You saved me, and your presence in my life is a gift I will never be able to repay in full, but I am deeply grateful for the chance to spend our lives together trying. I think the world of you, and there is not measure or condition to the ways that I love you. You're my confidant, my lover and my best friend. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm happier than I've ever been and I know that's because of you. You are so special and I count myself luckier than I can say to get to share my life with you. I love you, James. Happy birthday, baby.