This last week I have thought a great deal about Birthdays. The yearly reminder that we are mortal and undeniably getting older. In our youth it is a race and each one marks an accomplishment. Early adulthood brings the dreaded twenty this and that; eventually leading to the thirties. Once we enter into our thirties many of us seem to become complacent and routine driven.
This week specifically I watched many well wishers acknowledge my cousin James's 40th birthday! Congrats James! Many of us dread that birthday, why?
Last July I turned 30. My friends and I celebrated with a very nice dinner and conversation afterwards. I was about 8 months pregnant at the time so the evening was fairly uneventful. Regardless though, 30 was nice. I believe my outlook on birthdays has changed over the past 4 years. Each year is becoming more of an accomplishment than the last.
At 31, I hope to say I have avoided cancer thus far in my life because of my decision to be pro-active. My sister Katie was diagnosed before she turned 31. On my 36th birthday I hope to say that I have avoided cancer again, my Mom was diagnosed at 35. I will feel true accomplishment when I am 43. We lost my Mom to cancer at 42. I truly feel that each year is a gift that God is trusting me with.
We all have so much life to live, give and enjoy! What can we accomplish this year, next year and all those after!!!