It’s my birthday and I’ll smile if I want to…

Yes, today is my birthday. The day in which I was brought forth on this earth over 40 years ago. I will admit that I am not going to tell you my age, although I am not really that old. I’ll just say that I am in my early 40’s and even though it’s very hard for me to believe that I am this age sometimes, the truth is the truth nonetheless.

Typically, on a general Monday, I would be headed into work and actually be arriving right about now, around 11:45 to start my shift from 12-9 p.m. However, today is a different Monday as it is my birthday and I decided several weeks ago that I was going to give myself my own birthday present of only having to work a half day. I know for some that may not seem like a lot, but for me it’s priceless to not have to rush around quite so much to make it in early.

I am relishing my time thus far and I just spoke with my mother and father a few minutes ago as they called me to wish me a happy birthday over the phone. Yes, they do live here locally about a five-minute drive or so from where my husband and I live, which is wonderful. I had originally planned on sitting around the house today just leisurely biding my time catching up on some writing, arranging some photographs I have from my high school years, and taking my time getting ready for work.

However, that has now changed as my mother invited me up to their house for lunch. I debated at first on whether or not to go as some days I really relish my private time and the ability to just sit and think without any interruptions.  However, I don’t always get to see my parents as much because of my busy work schedule so I do think it’s important that I go. You see, I tend to be a solitary type of person. I can be the center of attention when I want to and in the midst of chaos, but I generally don’t choose to be in that type of situation, which is strange considering I’m a Leo.

Oh yes, Leo the Lion is my astrological sign, and while I really don’t put much stock in that type of thing, I will admit that some of the characteristics of this sign do seem to fit me to a tee. I will admit to being somewhat vain about my looks as I rarely ever leave the house without makeup on my face and my hair done. I also do have moments of wanting to be the center of attention as I have said before. I have always been a fan of music and just absolutely, positively loved to dance. I can lose myself in the beat of the music and sway happily along to a variety of tunes, although I am real sucker for 80’s music. After all, I was a teen growing up in the 80’s, so it would make sense that I have a real passion for that kind of music, even though most of the songs were one-hit wonders. That’s okay, I still like the music anyway and I have found that when I hear one of those old songs it really takes me back to certain times in my youth.

You know it’s strange to even think about my high school years sometimes as they seem so far away on the one hand considering everything that’s happened to me since that time. I love my life now, for the most part, although I do have a few things that I would still like to do before my days on this earth are finished.

I suppose that you could say that I sort of have a bucket list of things I would still really like to do and I am going to admit what those things are on this blog post so that perhaps once I have them down on paper for the world to see that I won’t be able to talk myself out of them. Here goes: 1) Take a ride on an air boat across the Florida swamps; 2) Write the Great American Novel or become more involved in some type of writing; 3) Attend at least one Beta Phi Mu meeting at Florida State University sometime in the very near future in the Fall around Homecoming; 4) Attempt to fly somewhere again, as I have only flown twice in my entire life; 5) make some real changes in my life and stop being afraid of failure; and finally, 6) learn to enjoy what I have each and every day and to really learn to stop and smell the roses.

Yes, that’s the real heart of the matter. I need to learn to take each day as it comes and stop worrying so much about tomorrow. Tomorrow will come when it’s ready and I really have no control over that. I need to remember that each and every day of my life is precious and that I need to thank my parents, my husband, and all of those other people around me throughout the years that have helped to mold me into the person that I am today. I would also like to thank my Creator, for without him, I would truly be nothing.

Smile, it’s your birthday, and you have a lot to be thankful about…

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

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