Happy Birthday!

cake extra stuffBirthdays are a funny thing. I just had another one and it was fabulous. A little closer to my end destination and the view was wonderful. But not all birthdays have been that way.

When I was young I eagerly anticipated the day when I would be in the double digits. Then it’s the big 13! I’m finally a teenager! The next milestone was 18 and adulthood was finally a reality. I marked off the days until the big 21.

Then it’s a downhill, runaway train of birthdays that blur together in a whirlwind of flying years. Some years are better than others as we slog through this road of life. But ultimately, each birthday marks a new year, much like January first. Each birthday is an opportunity to reevaluate who we are and where are going.

I like to think of it as a journey on the highway of life. Just as the actual highway is marked with signposts and mile markers so our birthdays are the mile markers on our journey. It also means we are closer, with each day, to our final destination. The road will end, at some point, for each one of us.

And this brings me to the point of this little rant. No matter where you are at, whether you’re young or old, enjoy each birthday for what it is; a marker along the way. Stick that sucker in the ground and march forward. Don’t waste time looking in the rear view mirror. Embrace the adventure that lies before you!

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