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Farewell to Birthday Blues

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As I blow out the candles quickly melting my sorbet, I set my intention for the next year.

One: May I always be as grateful as I am today for finding my path. (Poof)

Two: May I be more giving. (Poof)

Three: This wish I’ll keep to myself (Poof)

What is the fun of wishes, unless you keep at least one to yourself.

As our birthdays approach, I think we all naturally begin to take stock of our lives thus far, and specifically where and who we were a year ago.  Somehow though, these moments of reflection, at least in my peer group, seem to morph into a sense that birthdays equal one more step on the march to some dreaded future age. In this natural time of reflection, instead of begrudging the turning of a number, why not celebrate the completion of another year of learning? Life is an amazing teacher.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

I admit that I am young both in age and zest for learning, but I am still old enough to question the cultural acceptance of birthday blues, and to say thank you for this day of reflection by completing a little birthday homework.

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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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