Today marked my 28th year on this earth. It was a normal, average day, but one of the best I’ve had in a while. It started with a phone call from my wonderful mother.
She of course had to be the first to speak with me on my birthday. And as I’ve said before, every year I just appreciate her more and more. I got ready and went on to work where most people wished me well and my department gave me a card signed by everyone. Then I was taken to lunch by 3 of my co-workers. I consider them all good friends and I just appreciate that they wanted to do that for me. I left work early today and spent the afternoon shopping a little, I dropped by and saw my mother for a few minutes at her work and then ran home for a little while. Later on I went to dinner with her, my brother and his wife, and two more really good friends. Then we headed back over to my mother’s house for presents!!! YAY!!! I received some really nice gifts that included luggage, a tripod for my camera, and photo albums… so now I have to go somewhere, take some pictures and fill in the albums… that’s my next project…
But seriously, I had a great day with a lot of people that I love and care for. And as cheesy as this sounds, that was the best gift of all. And the friends I didn’t get to see I was able to talk with on the phone or they sent cards or emails. Just knowing that I have people that care about and support me, well, it’s just an amazing feeling. I am so very blessed. And the older I get, the more I realize this. I pray that everyone could feel this way – that each person had at least one other person that cared. I think the world would be a better place for it.
I’m not saying every day is great, but days like this make me realize what I truely do have in life. I have discovered that as I get older, I become much more comfortable with myself and my life. Now those of you that know me, especially since childhood, probably know that I was the oldest 12 year old in junior high but I had my insecurities. I still have insecurities, but they just seem smaller now – easier to overcome. I have been through some difficult times recently and I feel I have learned a lot about life, and how I treat other people. And even though I still worry about things that are slightly insignificant, I do realize that in most cases are just petty concerns, useless worries and that my energy would be better spent on something more positive. I know now that I can take care of myself, and I have become a more confident person. I know that I can handle whatever life tosses at me especially with friends and family by my side. And it is a peace that I’ve only come to know over the last couple of years.
So as you have indulged my momentary reflection, all I can say is that my 28th is a birthday to remember and I look forward to the year that is to come.