Balloons on St. Mark’s Place. East Village, New York City
It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and my birthday looms on the horizon (it’s tomorrow, January 4th). It’s a significant birthday in terms of time. I won’t go into which one but I will say that it’s made me even more introspective than I usually am when my birthday rolls around every year.
I have a vivid memory of the day after my birthday 11 years ago that I replay in my head from time to time. It gives me a sense of perspective because it let’s me realize when I think back to how I felt in that moment just how far I have come in my life since that memory. And when I think about it that way, I am pretty amazed that I even made it this far. I am grateful every day for how my life continues to unfold before me but even more so when I think about the passage of time in such a way.
It’s been a really tough week despite all of the great things that have happened in my life over the last few months. One of my cats ended up hospitalized for a few harrowing days due to a bout of acute pancreatitis and slight fluid in her lung. I am most thankful to have her home now (even though I am watching her like a hawk) and in that way, I couldn’t ask for much more for my birthday this year.
And so, I embrace my birthday this year with open arms as scary a number as it may be ;). Here’s to another year round this orb and to more cheerful and unexpected twists and turns.
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