Perspective is so important. Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.”
What is your perspective on turning older? How do you feel when your birthday approaches? I have a friend who just recently turned 50 years old. She told me she was so depressed at the thought of turning 50, that she cried all night before her 50th birthday.
I was surprised when she told me this. I recently had my birthday too, but I had such a different attitude than my friend. Instead of being sad, I was the happiest I’d ever been as I looked forward to this birthday. My focus was not on the fact that I would be one year older. My focus was on the fact that I was alive to be celebrating this birthday.
I embraced this birthday as I’ve embraced no other. This was my first birthday with my new kidney. This was the birthday that, at one point, I wasn’t sure I would have. I experienced this birthday as a true celebration of life, my heart bursting with gratefulness. I remembered my physical condition just last year on my birthday. My kidneys were functioning at 14% and I was patiently awaiting my kidney transplant scheduled in the upcoming December.
Now, here I am, one year later with a new kidney (thanks to my kind and generous friend, Colin, who donated his kidney to me), a second chance at life, with a much healthier body. I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to be one year older! I count it such a privilege and blessing!
I truly believe that the best is yet to come. There may have been a time when I dreaded having a birthday, and turning a year older seemed terrible. However, having arrived at a deep understanding of the value of life, I appreciate each precious moment I am blessed to be here on this earth.
Unlike those who may long to be young again, I don’t believe my youth and my past were my “best days.” I wholeheartedly believe my time to shine is now. I am so excited for the days to come as I continue on this journey called life. I passionately embrace all that life presents to me, with a Higher Power by my side. God-willing, I vow to serve humanity to the best of my ability as long as I breathe, and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I believe this is my life purpose and the reason why I’ve been given a second chance at life.
And that, my friends, is the reason I celebrate and embrace my birthday.
I celebrate life!
Love and light,