How do you celebrate your birthday? I smiled as my kids left for school this morning and they asked what my birthday wish for myself was. I told them I wasn’t sure and needed time to think about it.
Today is my 38th birthday and I celebrated it quietly and on my own for the most part, since the kids were in school and my husband was at the office.
After my mani/pedi I picked up a vanilla cupcake with pink sprinkles on top from my favorite local coffee shop, because my daughter loves to sing happy birthday and thinks everyone deserves to make a birthday wish.
Before my family came home for the day I had some time to sit, relax and reflect, especially on this past year. So far, more than any other year, I have experienced the most extreme ups in downs in life. There has been non-stop roller coaster types of highs and lows. This was a year that has tested me when it comes to things like parenting, marriage, coparenting, travel, work, family and friends.
When thinking about one important birthday wish to myself it would be to continue to be wonderful.
The handwritten card my 14 year old son gave me talked about how when he thinks about me there is one word that always comes to mind and that word is wonderful. He said I am a wonderful mother, wife, photographer (I loved that part), but more importantly I am a wonderful friend.
My son went on to say even though he’s young he understands the importance of friendship thanks to me. He doesn’t think I realize just how wonderful my support, encouragement and friendship to others truly means.
I have to say one of the best parts of this birthday was the love, kind words, messages, mail, phone calls and texts I received from friends and family. Thank you all as I definitely felt the love.
Tonight when I made my birthday wish to myself, surrounded by my husband and kids, I silently promised to always live up to my son’s image of me as wonderful. I wished hard as I blew out the candle to always be a good friend, keep working hard, stay away from drama and negativity, continue to explore, and remember that life isn’t always going to go my way.