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Farewell to Birthday Blues

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Farewell to Birthday Blues

Red, yellow, and blue balloons squeak as they press together; expanding in the sun, moving in the wind. POP! I jump from the explosive sound and giggle, cake-fueled and delirious with the idea of opening presents.

This is what my birthday used to look like.

This week, as I turn 27, while still full of giggles, I want no balloons. Instead of cake, I am enjoying frozen berry sorbet, and gifts are not the focus of the day. I find myself instead contemplating my past, present, future, and the concept of education.

Many of us leave our student “hats” on the graduation stage and hope for a life with as little homework as possible. My higher education taught me a different lesson. It taught me to take charge of my learning and, with guidance, structure my own course work. I left school with a renewed passion for learning and instead of setting down my student “hat,” I took this principle of self-education into the world with me. My birthday marks registration day.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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5:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:18PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

each one is a gift......

9:17AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Birthdays are great!

I'm always thrilled to have another one...especially now that I'm getting so much older! one.....but I only think about it ...IF someone ask me!!!

3:05PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thank you

11:45PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011


7:53AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Thank you

7:47PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

great article, thank you! :)

7:42AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

My own birthdays never depress me..I just turned 41..and I don't get down or 'old' feeling over them but when my kids have theirs..My eldest is turning 21 in nov..that makes me feel old.

6:07AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

so warm

12:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Beautiful! Thanks.

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