EJ Johnson is celebrating his 27th birthday by reflecting on his growth during what he says has been the most “painful and difficult” year of his life.

In a post on his Instagram page, Magic Johnson‘s heir wrote:

Today I’m 27! This has certainly been the most painful and difficult year of my life as well as one of great growth power strength and beauty. After losing the most important person in my life I wasn’t sure if I would be able to laugh smile or find joy again. But through all the darkness an uncertainty I put myself first.

I found joy in searching for my soul and nurturing my gifts and talents. I laughed with my friends and family who kept their hands on me during this process. I smiled when I had major personal breakthroughs and successes. I had to shed certain situations and people in order to get here but I’m better because of it.

My acting coach @tasha4realsmith said recently “through our greatest pain comes our greatest work” and I’m greatest work is soon to come. I’ve never felt more beautiful, powerful, intelligent, innovative, sexy, creative and comfortable in my own skin than I do today.

So I hope everyone who reads this finds comfort and power in these words. Self exploration is one of most precious gifts you can receive and it’s never too late to start. NOW, if you’ll excuse me it’s for me to put on my crown and get to work ?? #teamthis

Read EJ Johnson’s Original Post:

Happiest Birthday, EJ!

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