February 20th, 2010 at 11:42 pm (Home)
My Dad turned 60 last week. For him it is a birthday like any other even as my mum and I celebrate this landmark day.
The milestone of rounding a new decade tends to be a time of deep introspection and soul searching for many. I still remember turning 30 and constantly looking back at my experiences and counting my achievements to assure myself that I had not wasted my twenties. The months leading up to my birthday were marked by frantic agonising over perceived lost time and a misspent youth. And my depressive mood was not at all helped by a dark, dreary and damp British winter.
As I inch toward the end of my fourth decade of existence however, I find myself looking forward and being really happy at my life and where I am today. I am grateful that I love and believe in what I do for a living and for being surrounded by a solid and supportive network of friends and colleagues. There is so much to learn and I am so fortunate to have willing mentors, coaches and role models. I am learning and growing everyday and discovering and nurturing my new talents while making a difference to other people.
I also appreciate that my relationship with my parents continues to break new ground and that I have by my side a most beautiful, wonderful and loving girlfriend with whom I am extremely excited to build a future together. Love is in abundance! I have a positive expectancy of the future and look forward to new creations and taking on and excelling in new challenges. As my energy and enthusiasm skyrockets, I am evermore thrilled at making more dreams come alive.
As you celebrate your own birthday, is your age a cause for celebration or grounds for panic? Are you jumping out of bed excited to begin your day? When was the last time you counted your blessings? Are you looking back at regret at the things you had done or the things you had not done? What are some dreams you could get excited about fulfilling? If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Happy Birthday Dad
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis de Sales