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.