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.