Hey…. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!
I’m not an overly religious person but I’m thankful today that God saw me through another year and what a year it was.
It’s been a year of highs and lows, learning and growing and so much more.
I was out with a friend last night and she asked me what I wanted for my birthday. And, I was stumped.
I couldn’t think of a single thing I needed.
See, here’s the thing; yeah the last few years have been a struggle. I’m not alone in that. I’ve been through job loss and health crises. Doesn’t make me special. My husband and I have worked hard to make ends meet; I’m sure other couples have too.
So what do I need on this birthday.
Sure a manicure/pedicure would be nice.would be nice but that’s something I WANT.
And I guess that’s the point. I’ve learned a lot in my 51-years on this planet (No use lying about my age; it’s splashed all over the ‘net) but the last several years have taught me the real difference between want and need.
I can remember a time in my life when I HAD.TO.HAVE.IT whatever “it” was. As a local news anchor in Dallas/Fort Worth, “it” was a big, expensive, European automobile. In black. When I got to the big TV gig in New York, one year the “it” was a very expensive handbag; everyone had one.. why not me?
There were other HTH (Had To Haves) but you get the picture.
The last several years have been blessed to be able to look past those things and find the joy in simplicity.
I realized that never in my life have I been hungry (unless I was dieting and that was self-imposed). Every single day of my life, I’ve had a bed to sleep in and a roof over my head. Most of the time I’ve been warm and dry and safe. But more than that, my life is full of love.
So what do I need on my birthday?
Nothing. Not one single thing.
Except one more day to be grateful.
And I am.