In my opinion, there are two kinds of people who take it upon themselves to make a self-declaratory happy birthday statement such as this one here. The first is the overly depressed kind, which provides such statement as a way to draw attention and self-pity. The second is the overly confident kind, which makes a point out of letting everyone know it’s their special day, simply because they’re well worthy of all the attention in the world. Myself, hopefully I’ll fall somewhere in between.
Most people seem to take their anniversaries as a chance to either congratulate themselves for their achievements, or berate themselves for their failures. Hopefully, today I’ll choose offering myself something more interesting and useful: perspective. During these past (almost 3) decades, I’ve lived through things good and bad, I’ve experienced heights and depths, and for all of that I’m thankful. My positive experiences brought me happiness, and my negative experiences brought me awareness… all in all I’ve been blessed with the gift of understanding.
This is a gift I’m embracing wholeheartedly today. Even though I usually write posts for my dear readers, this is a specific reminder I’m making for myself… and I couldn’t think of a better place to keep it other than here. For the better and worse, this website has become an extension of who I am, and in more than a way, it has become a personal reminder why I like it here.
You see, a dear friend of mine once told me that one should never let his birthday go by unnoticed, since doing so would represent a huge shortage of self-esteem. So today, as I initiate my 28th journey around the sun, I feel I’m offered a great opportunity to take stock of where I’ve come from and where I intend to go… and particularly, to think of what I’ll be doing to get there.
Even more so, today is a great chance to thank of the kindred spirits who have been along for the ride, and to embrace others which may come across my existence sooner than I know it. A lonely life is no life at all, and to all the people who have somehow caused me to realize I’m not lonely at all, my best efforts shall be placed into returning the grace of having helped me figure out who I am.
Even though this is my birthday, I know congratulations are due to such people – and there are many such people, scattered across time and space. From my family to my closest friends and colleagues to people whose lives I’ve barely grazed upon my own, I want to make it clear that in the best in me is nothing but a reflection of the best I’ve had from the people I’ve loved. We’re all together in this one… and hopefully we’ll keep doing our best to support each other through life’s hardships.
So, before I get overtly sentimental and side-tracked besides my point, this is something I honestly wish I’ll remember on a daily basis: Life is what we make of it, and fortunately… we do have the power of making it into something great. Let’s not put our power to waste, particularly not when we’re faced with unpleasant situations – because in perspective, it will all make sense.In ways that we can barely begin to imagine from our limited, human standpoints.
We should let life follow its course, and never be arrogant in thinking we know what’s best for us… because we’re merely agents of a universal power. The Plan has been laid out, and the best we can do is make ourselves available so that wonderful and amazing things can happen through us.This is something we’ll oftentimes forget, but provided the good people of the world know how to stick together, there’s no stopping good things from taking place.
So while I’m not wishing for world peace for my birthday (since that would be quite stupid and pointless), my whole heart is hereby focused on universal remembrance. Because once we all get ourselves to remember why we’re really here, hell will freeze over, and change will come about. Just as long as we bring ourselves to remember… what life is really all about.
Universal Love is only a myth until we’re capable of proving otherwise.