Birthday Reflections

Tomorrow is my birthday. I have always loved my birthday because it served as a reminder that I was here. As I get older, I have more people tell me that it is time to stop winding the clock. I have always hated that thought because it felt like there was something wrong with growing old. For me, growing old represented being on this planet long enough to make it that far. Not everyone is so fortunate.

I will admit though, there is a fear. The fear that as my body fails me those that I love will no longer see my value and I'll be discarded. It can be challenging sometimes to look past the fear and see the joy in the experience. 

The other day I was watching stories about people who started living in their 70's. Imagine that? I've included a video of one of these incredible stories for you to view. We always preach about it is never too late but deep down I don't think we believe it. At least, I didn't completely believe it. I am a believer now. 

When I stop and think about those incredible folks I cannot help but feel a warmth in my own heart. This reminder that even though I haven't "found myself" yet that there is still time. The journey, the experience, and the relationships that have been built along the way are what define us. 

It isn't a race. One day, I'd like to look back at my life and know that I lived it well. Tomorrow is my birthday, but today I say goodbye to the old me and welcome the newer, slightly wiser version of myself. That's pretty comforting. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.