Plenty-nine and counting

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A little over a week ago, I celebrated another birthday by taking my annual birthday vacation. It seems the gods were smiling on me, because the weather really couldn’t have been lovelier. If there’s one thing you can say about Oregon weather in March, it’s that it’s dicey. It can be all sun and magnolia blossoms one minute and torrential downpour the next. As a child, I always envied the kids with summer birthdays, because they got to do exciting things like having birthday picnics in the park, while I was stuck playing in Pin the Tail on the Donkey in a modest three bedroom ranch style home.

As an adult, however, I’ve changed my tune. One of the things I love most about my birthday is that it generally falls on the Vernal Equinox, and there is a lot going on that day – Ostara, the balance of darkness and light, first day of Spring, Persian New year, etc. It’s like the whole world is celebrating with me! And the symbolism of reawakening nature seems like a splendid time to celebrate a personal new year.

And I took every chance I had to celebrate. It is funny how different I am from my mother when it comes to birthdays. While she always made sure I had cake and a party and presents when I was going up, her over all attitude toward her own birthday is “If I ignore, maybe it will go away.” I, on the other hand, LOVE birthdays. I celebrate birthday week, birthday forthnight, and birthday MONTH! (And I encourage my friends to do the same.) It’s not so much that I love seeing my age (I mean, seriously, how the HELL did I get to be this old?), but I do love the idea of celebrating just being ALIVE! We don’t often take as much time as we should to stop and do that, so why not make the most of it around your birthday?

This year, I celebrate with a trip to the beach, dinner out with friends, lunch with other friends, a day out at the Oregon Garden with my super favorite birthday posse, and a past life reading (because, even if I can only find something small, I always try to do something I’ve never done before for my birthday). All of this reminds me how lucky I am to have friends and family I have and to be alive to experience new things.

Last year at this time, I was not at all feeling the birthday love. I had just been laid off from my job. In retrospect, this was actually the best thing that could have happened, because it’s actually worked out fantastically, but I didn’t know that at the time. It’s funny how that sometimes works, but it’s why I tend to believe that things happen for a reason.As it turns out, I was not even out of work for a month and actually have a much better job now than I did before. More importantly, it helped me take stock and release some of the things that were not serving my life well.

If 2013 was the year of release, may the blossoms of spring grow into a 2014 that becomes the year of opening up to accept all the abundance the universe has to offer! Happy birthday to me (and you, when your time comes)!

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