Have you ever wanted to ignore a birthday? Or downplay the attention to yourself? Ever wanted to go into denial about getting older? I have. For a good number of years, I would have just skipped over my birthday without any fan fare at all.
I think differently now. I have come to realize that not many people get to celebrate as many birthdays as I have. I have known too many young people who had too few years on this earth. I have cried too many tears and questioned too often “why????” when a life was cut short.
When I was younger, I didn’t think much about death. I felt invincible, and life was full of promise and opportunities. Today, I am much more aware of the fraility and brevity of life. I long for more time with my mom who has terminal cancer, and I grieve the empty places in my life where other loved ones once lived.
So… I am learning to celebrate more! Each year – each day – is worthy of a celebration. Not to put more focus on the person, but to express gratitude and understanding of the value of life. I do not want to waste the opportunity to make a memory with my family or cherish time with a friend or enjoy the little special treats that life brings to me (like the cheerful flowers my awesome husband brought in now – just because…).
I may not have that opportunity tomorrow… but I have it today!
My mom just celebrated another birthday. I am so very grateful for that special day and for each additional day of life she can enjoy. Her life is a continual reminder to me to live each day to the fullest… and to celebrate life!
How do you feel about birthdays? How do you celebrate life?
Great blog, Terry. Celebrate…just because we can!
Thanks for adding so many reasons to celebrate to my life! Love you! ❤
Great reminder, Ter! I don’t like being the center of attention either–but celebrating is something we as a culture don’t do well. Enjoying one another while we have the time. While we have the opportunity. Thanks for the reminder, my friend. I celebrate you–any day at all!
…and I celebrate that comment, Dayl-e-o!
Thanks, Dayle… that feeling is mutual!