It’s my birthday tomorrow. And maybe it’s because I’m turning a “big, round number” but I’m reflecting. I have a folder in my email titled “Things Worth Saving” and decided to peruse through it. Wow. I don’t want to call it a mistake but it’s got me all nostalgic and shit. Emails I’ve sent and received from old lovers, past boyfriends, family, friends, old friends that had me thinking really hard as to why we lost contact and where in the world they could possibly be…
And then it got me thinking further. By this age of mine, soooo many people have already passed away. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be thinking about death but with life comes death. One of my aunts died at 33 years old. Another aunt was diagnosed with cancer at 32 years old and lost her battle 10 years later. My cousin died just last year at 29.
HOW BLESSED AM I??
How blessed are we all, regardless of age??? How happy am I that I’ll be celebrating another year of life with my closest and dearest?
My life is precious. I love it. I live it to make myself happy and because of this, I make others around me happy. I don’t fret and try to teach others not to fret. I smile. I laugh. I love. With all my heart.
I found this tucked away in my “Things Worth Saving” folder (from 6 years ago!!) and found it to be a perfect ending and a great reminder:
*This entry was posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at 8:00 am on a not-so-popular social network.
Yesterday was my birthday. I had the attitude that it was just another day. Another year. A different age. I especially don’t like this number….it’s just “OLDER”. My sister noticed my grumpiness and scolded me but I ignored her.
When I got to the office, I had an email from her. Needless to say, it brought tears to my eyes…..I’d like to share it now:
“Good morning sunshine. I just wanted to wish you an awesome day full of blessings and happiness!! Hope you enjoy today and learn to celebrate your age and maturity and remember, age is but a number and the wrinkles that appear are a sign of the years gone by…whether they be happy or sad, every line has a story to tell. So celebrate your life and celebrate the joys that fill your life and thank God for the obstacles you cross on a daily basis, ‘cuz they are what make you a stronger woman than most that I know!!”
I just have one thing to say………I don’t have wrinkles!
Sidenote: So I ‘ve got a little bit of wrinkles now. I read an article the other day that stated the direction of the wrinkles around our eyes, indicates the quality of life we’ve lived. Upward wrinkles indicate a happy life and downward wrinkles obviously indicate a not-so-happy life. Guess what direction my wrinkles are??? 🙂