Celebrate Life!

October 21, 2013

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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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And that, my friends, is the reason I celebrate and embrace my birthday.

I celebrate life!

Love and light,


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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

13 responses to Celebrate Life!

  1. Mimi – I nominated you for an award on my new post. Here’s the link: http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/awards-thank-you-thank-you-thank-you/

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us. My birthday was Tuesday and oh I had the worst day. I was like your friend, just crying and depressed. But after I have read your post I’m going to try and see life as you do. Not one year older, but one more year to live!

    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Angie! I am so happy my post has inspired you to take a positive approach to life! It is sometimes too easy to take life itself for granted and not see the blessings we have. Happy belated birthday, Angie! May this year be your best year ever!! One more year of wonderful experiences and joy!

  3. You’re inspiring. I’m glad to hear the kidney transplant has made such a difference in your life and although I know how you look at something makes all the difference it’s easy to forget.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Pat! I really appreciate your warm and kind words. It’s so important to always remain grateful for what you have and to maintain a positive mindset. I consciously try to do this everyday, no matter what the situation. Wishing you peace and joy always, Pat!

  4. Well my dear friend, it is not only a pleasure but a miracle knowing you. All i can say is, “thank you Jesus for saving my friend’s life” ! Much love from AKAME Esther to her friend Mimi Luk.

    • My dear Akame, what a beautiful comment you have left me! You have warmed my heart and made my day!! I am so grateful for you and for our friendship! Thank you for your constant support, my friend! God bless you and keep you. Love, peace and joy to you always, Akame!

  5. Hi Mimi!!! Just found your link by browsing through my little sister’s page where she had a show named after your “Celebrate Life!!” I was really BLESSED from reading all your inspiring words & I do feel the same way as you. I celebrated my 52nd birthday on the 14th June 2014 but I posted on my page that “I enjoyed being 50 so much that I needed a few more years to celebrate it…” Yeah! Being 50 is just cool, according to the youth. I pray that all your reader will catch the vision. (Are you a believer in Christ?)

    • Hello Lynda! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I am so delighted you found my link through your little sister! She has a show called “Celebrate Life”? How wonderful! What is it about and how can I find it? I love your attitude when you celebrated your 52nd birthday! 🙂 I am a believer and am happy you are too! Stay blessed!

  6. I LOVE this perspective. I am FIFTY and feel pretty NIFTY. The blessings that go along with each stage of life are often overlooked as people focus on the negative traits of our elders. But God reserved unique blessings for each stage of life — so look forward to opening them like presents under the Christmas tree!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I’m happy you’re at nifty fifty!! I love what you’ve said – it is so true that we are blessed at every age and should approach every age with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead! For me – I simply feel blessed that I’m alive. God bless you!