Tomorrow is my birthday. I won't say how many years I have lived but suffice to say it is quite a few. Birthdays are always a celebration in my family. We celebrate by gifting the person first thing in the morning and by getting the whole family together to have dinner. A few years ago I rented a house in La Jolla and invited my daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, and two nieces to spend 4 days on the beach. We had a wonderful time and will remember that celebration for many years.
On my birthday I always remember and appreciate my mother. She loved me unconditionally and taught me so much. I have spent time thanking her for all that I learned from her even though she passed on in 2001. Many times our parents don't live up to our expectations but when we really look at them as a person and consider them as a child or young adult struggling with life and trying to care for children and make a living, we have a different and better perspective. I know that my parents struggled but they gave me so much and I was able to stand on their shoulders and grow from there.
Birthdays are also a time of renewal. What do I want my next year to look like and what dreams do I want to fulfill this year? If I stop to think about it I know that I have the ability and capacity to make this coming year match whatever my thoughts and dreams are.