Today is my birthday! Today I celebrate 59 years of life. "What! Is she crazy?" you may ask. Women don't tell their age, isn't that what we've all been told? Well this woman does. I celebrate every year I am graciously given to enjoy. After all, I've earned every line and every wrinkle on my face and I wear them proudly as a badge of courage. As Bette Davis once said in one of her last public appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, "Getting old isn't for sissies." Never were truer words spoken.
I believe that every person is unique and special. Everyone has one day a year that they should be celebrated. Forget trying to hide your age (what's the point, you're really not fooling anyone). Be proud of every year you have accomplished...for it is an accomplishment. Life is tough and comes with no guarantees of happiness. Therefore, we must do everything within our power to create our own happiness for ourselves and those around us. One way we can do that is to celebrate those we love and what better day to do that than on their birthday!
I started celebrating my birthday on Monday when my friends surprised me with a birthday party. It was so much fun. Don't get me wrong. Making someone feel special on their birthday is not about expensive gifts or spending money. All it takes to make someone feel special is to show them you care and you are glad they are in your life. Tell them you love them; spend time with them; laugh and share yourself. Make them feel like for their special day they are the most important person in the world - even if it isn't on the exact day.
Of course, it's important to make sure your friends and family know how much you love them everyday. Don't wait for just one day of the year. But when that one day does come, show them a little extra attention.
So, if you will excuse me...I have some celebrating to do.
Until next time...that's my view.