How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?
It’s my birthday today and I love it. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to admit I am 47 today.
It’s a day of reflection. It’s a day to sit and think about all that I’ve been through. The tough stuff. The challenges. The friendships. The celebrations. The sad times.
I have done a lot in my life that I am really proud of. I’ve got a strong marriage. Three healthy and happy kids. A great career. I’m healthy.
I remember my mom today. And that’s not easy. My mom has been gone for 28 years and I miss her every single day. I wouldn’t be here without her. I wouldn’t be who I am without her influence – even now. She encouraged me and helped shape me into who I am today. For that I am eternally grateful.
I love the attention it’s true. I love the Facebook messages and texts and emails and phone calls. I love being reminded that I am someone special to so many people. How lucky am I to be surrounded by people who care?
I believe people are put in our life for a reason. It might be a season. It might be life long. But I do believe everyone is there to help us on our journey.
I still have so much I want to do in this world. I want to write a book. Travel. Birthdays bring so much excitement and possibility of what is possible. The people you surround yourself help you to believe it’s all true.
I wouldn’t mind if Duran Duran showed up and performed a few of my favourites. Paul McCartney could sing “Hey Jude”. Oprah could offer some words of wisdom.
But seriously – I appreciate everything in my life and everyone. If anything, I would love to just remind myself that I’m doing ok.
On your birthday I want you to realize just how incredible you are. You are unique. You are one of a kind. You are beautiful and strong and capable of so many great things. You are loved more than you know and valued. You have been knocked down but you have gotten back up stronger. I am so proud of you. You didn’t allow the storms in your life take you down. You didn’t allow the deep hurts to make you bitter and angry. I am so excited to be on this adventure with you. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 365 days. 47 looks good on you. “
Here’s to birthdays.