If you’ve been reading this blog for the past few days, you know that today is my birthday. If you haven’t…well, now you know.
I recently found the charm bracelet I wore in high school. It looks just like new. Among the charms are Comedy/Tragedy masks, musical notes, a megaphone (because I directed a play in my senior year), a Thespian charm, a bell – I think it was for choir, a cap and diploma – and a Happy Birthday Sweet 16 charm. I remember that birthday. My friends threw a surprise party for my friend Wendy and me. Wendy’s birthday is the day after mine. It seems a lifetime ago, yet I can remember it all very clearly. I suppose in the time/space continuum it happened yesterday. Or is happening now. Or something like that. I’m a lot older than 16 now, but that 16 year old girl is still a part of me. I carry the little girl I once was, the pre-teen, the teenager, the young adult, and all the ‘me’s’ I have been over the years.
I have always loved this quote from Carol Matthau:
There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you.
Despite the fact that I sometimes feel every bit of my age, I firmly believe that age is a state of mind. So as I celebrate this birthday, I vow to be young at heart, take more risks, read more, continue to keep an open mind and heart, reach out to others in need be they human or animal, fight for the underdog, trust more, express gratitude, be less judgmental, continue to fight for the causes I believe in, dance with my husband, laugh as much as I possibly can, kiss my dogs, learn something new every day, tell those dear to me that I love them, offer a smile to a stranger, hold the door open for others, be compassionate, let go of worry as it accomplishes nothing, and be willing to embrace change knowing and trusting that there are even more exciting things ahead. And there are.
Have a great Sunday!