Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Birthdays Are Important

I just had another one - a birthday.  Sometimes I would like to ignore that day all together; to many candles past twenty-one.  When I was younger, I could not wait for my 16th and 21st birthday.  Those days are cultural points of passage in our society for many reasons.  Now older, I have adopted the former feeling about my natal day.  But birthdays can have a positive element that should not be ignored.

Birthdays are a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future; make some life corrections, chuck a plan, or create a new one.  They are without a doubt, a time for assessment and celebration.  While we drown our sorrows of the past in alcohol and gaze upon our advancing mortality, we hope and plan for a better day and silently seek forgiveness for past transgressions, both real or imagined (sarcasm intended).  And by the way, if we want to make the gods laugh, all we need to do is tell them about our plans (more sarcasm).  But, we have the option of looking at our birthdays in a better light.

Our birthdays are an awesome time to be thankful for all that we have.  We have life, talents, and opportunities in front of us; yes we do, but we must open our eyes to see them.  So, why not take advantage of them?  Birthdays can literally be the first days of the rest of our lives.

                                                  Copyright @ 2012 Terry Unger

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