Today is my birthday
Birthday’s have always been kind of a big deal to me. It’s a day that brings up a lot of emotions of the past and dreams for the future. I can distinctly remember my birthday in 2007 – I was in the San Francisco Bay Area, sitting at a café by myself. The weather was grey, cool and a little foggy, and the trees were bare, their leaves already fallen and blown away. This was far from the sunny and blue spring days I was used to in Australia as summer neared in late November when my birthday came around each year. It was not long before Thanksgiving and most of my friends had already left town to spend time with their families, or were busy preparing for their family celebrations. My family was thousands of miles away. I was coming down with something. As I sat alone in that café, it just didn’t feel like my birthday at all, and on that day I vowed that in the future my birthday would be different – and that began the tradition of traveling somewhere for my birthday each year. I was determined to make my own celebration – no matter how far from family, or what the weather was in the place where we lived.
And from then on my husband and I traveled to some destination each year on birthday – usually it was somewhere warm, sunny and tropical – Costa Rica, Hawaii and St Lucia were all on our list. We explored some incredible places – and we might have got lost, been stuck in all kinds of traffic, got caught in flooding, had delayed flights, arguments and all kinds incidents – but it was an adventure, and it was that outlook that made it fun, and made it special.
Last year things were turned around a little – I was on 4 months maternity leave back in Australia with our then 2 month old son. The weather was warm and sunny – but it was my great-Aunt’s funeral – not really what I had planned for my birthday. What ended up saving the day was a wonderful pizza night with family. I think the grin on my face says it all, despite the spit up on my shoulder or the cream that fell of the cake. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter what the weather is, or where you are, but the people around you who make the day special.
I’m 35 today. That’s half way to 70. Is my life what I expected so far? I know I’ve come a long way – but I also know that I still have a lot to give, a lot to see and do and a lot that I want to share with the world. But I’m learning that I can’t wait for the party to come to me – I’ve got to go out there and make my own celebration!