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Once More ‘Round the Sun

So normally I don’t make a big to-do about my birthday.  Makes me feel awkward most times.  Just another day right?  Not like I really did anything to be celebrated.  Kinda embarrassing to be fussed over and made a big thing about.   This year is  a little different though.

Throughout this last year I’ve been reminded time and time again how fleeting everything is.  I’ve had relatives who weren’t expected to live much longer die on me.  I’ve had relatives unexpectedly drop dead out of the blue.  Hundreds of lives have been lost in Japan and thousands more throughout the Pacific due to mother nature being unexpectedly violent and callous.  Romances die, and friendships end, and ultimately nothing proves to last.  Everything ends, everyone dies, and nothing lasts as long as you think it will.

Which really just makes all the time we do have all the more precious.  This year I’m making something of a to-do about my birthday because it marks one more year I have made, one more jog around the sun.  It’s another year of friends I may not have had, and loves that may never have been, and I am grateful for all of the time, because it’s one more year that could easily not have been.

My eternal thanks goes out to all my family, all my friends, and all whom have ever cared about me and I them.  I could not ask for better, and if anything I could stand to do better by them.  You all remind me how very lucky I am and how much I really do have to celebrate on this anniversary of my birth.

Never forget how fleeting life is.  Live every day to its fullest, and delight in your friends, family, and loved ones.  They are precious things in the short time we have.  Treasure them.  They’re what makes life worthwhile.

33 Responses to “Once More ‘Round the Sun”

  1. ChipAdam says:

    I had a birthday on the 6th and had similar thoughts. For some reason this quote came to mind. Thought you might enjoy it.

    “Every time you make a choice you are turning into the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.”
    — C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

  2. Spooky Elric says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is coming up soon too! I always try to celebrate because I find it an achievement every year I make it through. I hope you have a wonderful celebration<3

  3. R.A. says:

    Well, happy birthday! You know, my last birthday fell a few weeks between the deaths of my cousin and a good friend, and was further marked by the doctor telling me I didn’t have bone cancer after all. It’s amazing what life throws at you all at once, isn’t it? I’ll bet that’s why we started celebrating birthdays to begin with, so live it up!

    Also, thanks for writing such a fun comic.

  4. Kaotik4266 says:

    Hear, hear! Happy birthday! :)

  5. Selina Luna says:

    Happy birthday, Garth. I hope you have a better year ahead.

  6. turtlegod says:

    Here’s one for ya my friend:

    Belated birthday!

  7. Thomas Biernesser says:

    I can empathize with this. Every day-sometimes multiple times per day-I’m seeing evidence of the increasing chances of death. Sirens near my house are becoming more common, I’ve discovered multiple used weapons in the surrounding areas, and it seems people are coming down with some disease or other more frequently, among other things. It’s gotten to the point where it’s something of a trial to work myself up to make the hour-long commute to college. Whether that is paranoia or justifiable fear, I cannot say.

    To top it off, I’ve had far too many of what I’m beginning to call, “Warning Dreams”….more than enough to make me get the feeling that something big is coming, and the fact that I cannot articulate what is making me angry.

    It’s a bit late, but Happy Birthday, Garth, and thank you for years of entertainment and friendship. For now, that, combined with other stuff, is enough to keep me going.

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