A Reason to Celebrate

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!


2 thoughts on “A Reason to Celebrate

  1. Jil says:

    What a wonderful post! As women, we so often put others before ourselves – which is fine, it’s who we are. But, I’m learning it’s also nice to celebrate who our Lord created us to be. Glad you will take the time to truly celebrate your birthday, please enjoy, savour every single minute of it. You deserve it!

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