Every year on my birthday, I like to spend some time reflecting on my life and who I am as a person. Have I changed? Have I stayed the same? Often, the answer is both.
Today, I am feeling extremely grateful for the gift of life. What an amazing thing, to be alive – to see beauty and experience suffering, to see yourself and the world around you change with each passing year.
I am grateful to my parents for bringing me into the world and caring for me. I am grateful to the divine power that breathes life into all living beings. And, on this day of my birth, I am grateful for who I am. I am silly, sensitive, sad, tender-hearted, empathetic, harmony-seeking, fun-loving, introverted, anxious, creative, zany, and many other things. But, if I had to pick one single thing that I feel defines me as a person, it would undoubtedly be the communion I feel with Mother Nature. It is the one thing that makes me feel completely whole as a person, and for this, I feel truly blessed.
I have had such a wonderful birthday, just walking and relaxing with the one I love. I can’t think of any better birthday gift!