36 years ago, at 1:22pm EST, I entered the world and the world was never the same! That’s not conceit: I believe each of our arrivals on earth has changed the world forever! Happy Birthday to me!
I had to take the last few minutes of my birthday to write something. I thank God for my life. I thank God that I’m still alive. We all know how fragile life is, how someone’s life can be ended while they’re doing commonplace things like sitting at a restaurant eating a meal, only to have a car lose control and hit them, or standing on the balcony of their home, only to have the balcony collapse. Or the horrible news of the Charleston massacre of people in a church?!? These things may not happen often but when it happens to you or in your community, it’s hard to ignore, to believe it would never happen to you and it is my prayer that no one ever has to experience this. So because of that, I’m not foolish enough to take my thirty-six years of life for granted.
I thank God for my parents, my incredibly loving parents who came together and made me. I’m so thankful for their love for each other and for me. I’m thankful that my mom was able to withstand days of labour and pain. I’m thankful she wasn’t alone. It makes me smile to see them talk about my birth—both of them say “Omo wa ti de” (our child has arrived) when they reminisce, which is what my dad told my mom after my birth.
I kept up with my birthday tradition of taking the day off from work and I was spoiled: my brother took me for lunch, my mom and sister took me for dinner and got me cake and generous gifts and lovely cards, and I took myself for a manicure and pedicure and bought a new dress. I will not be going to work tomorrow either, and by God’s grace I will spend some of the day reflecting on my life so far. Last week I shared about how I feel unfulfilled and have questions to tackle. By the end of tomorrow I will have an action plan to follow—I’ve wasted too much time already.
If you’ve already had your birthday but need a new beginning, remember that your Day 1 can be any day; you don’t need a birthday or any other event to trigger a new beginning.
What do you want to accomplish before 2015 ends?