Saturday, August 25, 2012
Today I turned 49
Not a bad age but to be honest, I wasn't really happy about it when I woke up this morning(and by this morning, I guess I really mean yesterday morning, but as I haven't been to bed yet.. This morning it remains :o).
It wasn't so much about being older..I'm ok with that. It was more a case of what I've accomplished in my 49 years of life or more to the point, what I haven't accomplished.
I crawled out of bed and felt what is becoming the all too familiar aches and pains of starting my day, and noticed that I had already received some Happy Birthday texts..As I drank my morning juice by my computer I saw that my e-mail,Facebook and Twitter were also filled with kind words from my Phenomenal family and friends...
I have to level with you... It took me out of my Birthday doldrums and made me smile Huge.
It also changed the way I was thinking and I started reevaluating my life and this past year, not so much in the things I may have accomplished or how much money I may or may not have, but in terms of what I have learned.
This year, for example, I learned to be kinder in how I view others. I learned that sometimes when you see what appears to be an homeless man on disability balancing a 24 of Budweiser on his walker, that sometimes that box is not actually full of beer, but instead full of food from the food bank. You wouldn't actually know that unless you watched him long enough to see him stop and pull out a jar of peanut butter to give it to some other person that he felt needed it more than he did.
I learned that in relationships, perhaps what we are capable of is less important than what we are willing to try.
I learned to follow through when I get that feeling to write or call someone, because sometimes they might need a friendly voice, or even a hug(and everyone needs hugs :o)
I have learned that there isn't a joy or sadness that isn't made exponentially better by sharing it with someone who cares about you.
I have learned that to be a true friend means not only being there for someone, but allowing then to be there for you as well.
I have learned that there is no reason to give a false or insincere compliment. Everyone has real gifts and qualities, and we only have to look into their personal pool of awesome to find something real to compliment them on.
And not lastly, but the last one I will write about in this post;
If you spend your time with others, building them up and helping them see their inner awesome.. Sometimes when you look in the mirror at night, you will see a glimpse of your own.
Thank you to my Amazing Family and Friends... For making this day and all of my rest..... Completely Awesome.