I gave up celebrating my birthday years ago. Once you reach my age, the thrill of blowing out a bunch of candles looses its appeal. Besides, I’m so old you can’t get a cake big enough for all of them. I have my parents to thank for my good health because the only pills I take are vitamins. Birthdays for me are a time for reflection. A time to look back on the year that was and think about the lessons learned. I figure if you aren’t learning anything new you are robbing yourself of the opportunity to grow. It’s a time to plan for the year ahead. Life is a planned event. Wishing and hoping won’t make it so. But mostly my birthday is a time to celebrate my accomplishments and think about all those things that I am thankful for.
I am thankful for:
- A very special someone in my life who loves me – faults and all
- Musical friends and the love of music.
- What I get to do for a living
- My son
- My grandchild – who I get to hang out with
- My ex-wife who is one of my closet friends
- My siblings – Greg, Terry, Jerry, Randy and specially Laurie
- Golf – playing and watching – but mostly playing
- Red wine
- Friday night date nights with my special girl Chloe
- Quite alone time
- Spending time with the love of my life. Nothing in this world beats that
- NFL football
- College sports
- A great italian restaurant
- French fries with mayo
- Hamburgers with bacon and cheese
- Friends and family – too many to mention them all
- Loving parents who are no longer with me but still watch over me
- My girls – Minnie and Calley
- Blue skies, green grass and sunshine
- September weather
- Four seasons, although I’m not really big on winter.
- Being another year older – Not Necessarily Wiser
I could go on and on and on. I have a great deal to be thankful for. My life is still a mystery to me. There is no way I would have predicted being where I am at this juncture in my life. It’s been filled with both highs and lows. The lows have made me stronger. I know that there is nothing that I can’t overcome. The highs have taught me to be humble and not to get too full of myself. Reality has a way of bringing you back down to earth.
What are you thankful for? In spite of all the craziness that is going on in your life, take a moment and make a list of all those things you are thankful for. You’ve got a lot going for you – you just may have forgotten them.
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