21 January 2011

Enjoy the Trip!

Tomorrow is my birthday. I am actually celebrating it today, as today happens to be the last day, before the last year, before the last decade that I will admit to being part of, finally ends! Yes, I'm turning 29! But as with any birthday, one has mixed feelings. At least this one does. Mixed because like anyone who is a pink ribbon survivor, I am grateful for each and every day I get to watch my children grow up. And like everyone who is like everyone else: who past the age of 16 wants to admit to being another year older?

Then, this morning I received a birthday card. It wasn't from a friend, just one of those companies that keep track of your birthday so they can send you a card so that maybe you'll think they are your friend and buy things from them. And it was a horrible card!  Really and truly awful, even by my standards (and I sometimes like the cutesy stuff). This was one of those sunset-over-the-sea cards (with seagull) and inside it read 'A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!’

Enjoy the Trip! Fantastic! I loved that bit. Loved it -  in fact, I have to admit it just about killed me. 

I'm joking, but actually it reminded me of a friend of a friend I met some years ago, one day in September. He was visiting Monaco for the weekend, on his own, and I asked him how his trip came about. He told me that a few years before, he had taken another trip on this same day. It was down the stairs of the World Trade Center. He survived a journey so many others did not, and he vowed to celebrate his survival with a trip each September for the rest of his life. How awesome is that?

So I vowed to do the same, to celebrate each and every birthday I am fortunate enough to have. After all, if I want to be as schmaltzy as my card, then each and every day is the start of another 365 day journey around the sun, birthday or not. So I thought it would be a good day to begin my blog. And my wish for all of you is the same as the one I received on this pre-birthday day:  'enjoy the trip’ we are all so lucky to be taking! 

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