How many of you out there view each birthday as a dreaded, evil day that should just come and go with no recognition or celebration? Not me. I love birthdays. In fact, I look forward to them and always have for as long as I can remember. I don’t lie about my age and I don’t try to avoid my special day in order to feel younger. I’ve never looked at age negatively as a deciding factor about my beauty or intelligence or validity in life. It’s really been just the opposite. With each passing year, I feel more beautiful, both inside and out. Smarter and wiser regarding education, emotional growth, and common sense. And with each passing year, I feel that my life’s purpose grows and expands to include not only my own personal endeavors, but the outreach and help of others that cross my path.
Now, that’s not to say that I’m some knockout, drop dead gorgeous woman. Or that I’m becoming a genius or a natural whiz in any particular area. Or that my life is more important than anyone else’s out there. It just means that I’m smart enough to recognize these things in myself, which in turn makes it easier for me to recognize these qualities in others.
I’m hoping that this year will be a year of exceptional growth as a human being and that I’ll be blown away by something in this world that will touch my soul in its deepest depths. Something that will inspire me to be a better person and strive to see the best that every human being has to offer.
For those of you who know me personally, you know just how tall of an order this is for me. I am, after all, a realist. A realist with perpetual hope and faith in the greater good. Perhaps that’s an oxymoron of sorts. Maybe those things aren’t supposed to exist in one package. But that’s who I am.
So, although I can’t tell you what I wished for when I blew out the candles on my birthday cake, I can tell you this. I’m hoping that this year, 2012, will be one of my best years to date. No matter what happens, good and bad, I’m gonna continue to have my perpetual hope and faith in all people and things that cross my path.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
After all, I am a realist.