Happy Birthday To Me!

4/10/2010 3 comment(s)

My 1-Year Birthday Party
Every year, at the beginning of April, I put on my running shoes. I begin to prepare for the upcoming game of cat and mouse I play with my Birthday. I run from it. I hide and try to escape from the Tormentor, hoping it will pass me by with as little hoopla as possible. I change the part in my hair hoping to cover a new strand of silver that has prematurely emerged. I won’t use the word hate, but previously I’ve had strong dislike for my Birthday.

On a normal year, I would fall into the habit of using my Birthday as a time to reflect on my life progress, accomplishments and goals. Eventually, this would lead to the overachiever in me becoming frustrated that I had not yet “conquered the world” and then I would spend a week feeling bad for myself that in ’89 I turned left when I should have turned right.

This year, however, I have decided to embrace (somewhat) my Birthday. I still don’t want too much hoopla. However, in the wake of changing times, I see more and more people I know from around the way, or who I went to school with, turning up dead. Some may have been sick. Some have had accidents. Others may have been the victim of a meaningless crime. Some may have had a hand in their own demise. But it instilled in me, a new gratitude to God for allowing me to make it back around for another year.

Yes, I still have not conquered the world. (And at this pace, it does not seem likely) However, I am realizing that sweet time, a gift all in its own, is passing me by. Everyday, I have the opportunity to live and that is something that everyone is not given. As much as it pains the competitor in me, I can’t measure my success against anyone else’s. I have to run my own race at my own pace. And I must say...this new pace is feeling pretty good. So, if you happen to lap me on the track, it’s okay, I’m just pacing myself and enjoying the race, with the realization that some things just can’t be rushed!


Stefanie Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:56:27 AM
Now that is wisdom to live by. Thank you for sharing.
Renate Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:56:55 AM
I agree with Stephanie. Great post! (And cute picture!)

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:57:29 AM
Happy Birthday - another good year! Enjoy it!

Bill ;-)

Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

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