I had a birthday this week!
I have a sister who loves to celebrate her birthday – and now her daughter follows in her footsteps and we are given fair warning a month before and we celebrate all month long. Well I am exaggerating a wee bit – but the fact is they do love to celebrate their special day! Given that my birthday is in December, there is always so much going on and my birthday is a bit of a distraction to the Christmas preparation – or so I have always thought. I am beginning to change my mind on that – partially because I am getting older and partially because my family and friends are so good to me in expressing wonderful love and birthday wishes. This year I am beginning to see that birthdays are worthy of celebration – and we should embrace our own birthday and celebrate in a big way – whatever that may be!
Someone recently described me as a behind the scenes person – someone who will work to make others look good. And there is truth to this – I would rather set up the party to honour someone else rather than be the centre of attention. Probably this is why I have always shied away from celebrating my birthday – I don’t very much like the attention on me – its just the way I am.
However, what I am realizing now that I have reached the ripe old age that I am – life is full and ups and downs – sadness and joy – and at the end of the day it is a journey to be celebrated. Call me crazy but I love getting older – I may not say that 10 years from now when my bones creak even more than they do now – but for now I do love getting older. With each year comes greater experience – and greater wisdom – and with greater wisdom comes greater insight – and with greater insight comes greater depth of character and understanding. The older I get the more I realize that I know very little – and that in itself is greater understanding!
What I do know is that with each passing year I realize that my purpose here on this earth is to embrace my journey – learn and grow in love of God and others – and whatever path that takes, I will embrace the lessons learned to the best of my ability along the way. And so with that in mind – this journey is to be celebrated – and so I celebrate each passing year with joy and gratitude for the many blessings that I have – and more so for the things I am learning along the way!