Today is my birthday. I took off work at my regular job, but mostly I just want to have the day to do what I want to do. You know the song, “It’s my birthday. I can cry if I want to.”
But I am not crying. Mostly once you’ve passed a certain age, having a birthday is a milestone that we made it one more year. Not so much for presents, or parties, or dinners, but a gentle reminder that we’ve circled the sun one more time.
Having a birthday is a time to remember the people we know that do not have birthdays anymore. One of my classmates recently passed away. Several were already gone, but losing another one this close to my birthday, made me feel especially thoughtful. It reminded me how fragile life is. Nothing is promised, there is just hope we will have another day.
I’m trying extremely hard not to take any days I have for granted. I may not accomplish every task on my to do list; I may not even make a to do list, but I want to celebrate that I am breathing. I am alive. I can feel the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, watch the hummingbirds, notice the rabbit in the yard, and smell the flowers around me. So what if it is cliché, part of getting older is becoming a cliché if you are lucky.
If you read this post, take a moment to just close your eyes and think about the things in your life you are thankful for. Forget about bills, deadlines, family responsibilities, health, and all the things that are challenging today. Just think about the positive things you are thankful for. Take a deep breath and just be. Most people don’t take the time to just be.
Regardless of what religious choice you have in your life, the quote, “Be still and know I am God.” is advice for everyone. You can add the word universe, or whatever word you want to end that sentence, but the idea is to just be still for a moment and clear your mind, your heart, and give your soul a chance to rest. Think happy thoughts of the good moments in your life. It will recharge you, and help you see the world as possibilities, not endless chores.
Here’s to hoping we all make that trip around the sun one more time.
My new trip starts today.