This is the most recent photo of me that I have, taken this week as a matter of fact. And today, is my birthday. Woohoo! As of today I have existed on this planet for 67 years? Wow! That's kind of a scary big number isn't it. But it is what it is and I am who I am and today I am 67. I have to keep saying that number over and over because it's hard to wrap my brain around it.
It's not just that I'm now 67 years old (wow) but that the time has gone by in a blinding flash. Zoooooom! Everyone older than me said it would one day happen and they were absolutely correct. Time passes much too quickly so I need to cherish every moment of it. So I hereby vow to truly be present in each moment of my life. Hopefully if it doesn't slow time down for me, maybe I will at least have each moment fixed in time as a specific memory instead of a blur.
Meanwhile I anticipate being thoroughly birthday-ed today. Yay! And at some point I will even accept the truth of how marvelously aged I have become. Therefore, my birthday wish is that the wisdom part of the "age & wisdom" thing will finally kick in and then I will be not just be an old lady, I will be a wise old lady.
So since I anticipate being thoroughly birthday-ed today, I am going to be incredibly self-indulgent and instead of writing a brand new post, I am going to merely re-post my annual list of Birthday Rules. Why? Mostly because I can. But also because the rules are still valid and pertinent and I believe them to be true. Here you go folks, the Birthday Rules. Happy Birthday to me.
1. Number one and most important on this hit parade: It's all about the birthday person. It really is. No exceptions. If it's your birthday, everything that day is about you. Period.
2. Of course, to be absolutely fair, I am not a person who really likes being the center of a big crowd of people. But a small, comfortable, familiar crowd is fine. In fact it's awesome. A small group of people that I really care about it absolutely perfect. If that group consists of me and one other person, sometimes that is the best group of all.
3. And there should be at least one treat that a person rarely has, like cake. Or ice cream. Or cake AND ice cream. And for heaven's sakes, if a person is going to indulge, it should be the good stuff. The real deal. No fake, crappy substitutes. And speaking as a person with Lactose Intolerance, if I'm going to suffer later, I want the suffering to be worthwhile, which means the ice cream must be primo.
4. There should be a few cards, some of them should have sparkles, some flowers, some funny, some touching or maybe thought provoking. I like cards. I set them up on top of the big display cabinet in the living room and admire them for far to long afterwards.
5. There should be some sort of contact from people far away, whether it's phone calls or emails or texts or facebook posts or telepathic thoughts, heaps of good wishes from folks far away makes a birthday extra special. To think that all of those people bothered to take the time to acknowledge your existence on your birthday shows that you matter in this life. That's important.
6. There should be no chores on your birthday. Not one single solitary gotta-do should be done by the birthday celebrant. Those things can either wait a day to be done, or someone else needs to do them. I'm immovable on this fact.
7. The birthday person gets to choose what or where to eat for dinner. And no matter what they choose, that's what dinner is. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It is the ONE day of the entire year where nobody else's likes/dislikes/or personal opinion should take precedence regarding food.
8. It should be a happy day. Only positive comments and thoughts please. It should be a day of smiles and laughter. If there is something negative or sad that needs to be said, keep it to yourself for one more day. Not even boredom is allowed.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.