Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me !

One thing is clear: a normal person wouldn't jump for joy seeing so many candles on the cake. There, I said it! But I started to see things differently several years ago when my good friend lost her husband suddenly. He was just about my age. Ever since then I have been seeing my birthdays differently. Each year on my birthday I think to myself: “He hasn't  had a chance to be my age.” Those moments make me feel very grateful and I appreciate life even more knowing that every moment of it is a gift. And everything that happened to me, good and bad, is a gift too. This is my life and I finally am able to embrace it in it's greatness. No, I'm not getting all spiritual on you, but there was a moment (or two) when I refused to accept that this is my life - because I had it planned differently long time ago. George Bernard Shaw said: “Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness but it is greatness.” Story of my life.
Finally, of what importance is the number of years, it's just a number. It's what you pack inside those years that counts. Let me tell you one thing:  I've got enough material for two or maybe even three lives. It's not that I have chosen to do so, life simply happened to me. And love. And pain. And joy. And change. And disappointment. And happiness. Life is the greatest teacher. And love is the greatest gift. I'm fortunate enough to have three loves of my life. I just spoke to one of them, he called me from England to wish me happy birthday. I miss him very much. The other is arriving any moment from Montreal to celebrate with me. I can't wait. And the one who was there first, responded to my question: "Do you think you can still be romantic?" with these:


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6 comments:

Sherri B. said...

Happy, happy ,happy Birhtday to you, Yasmine! And your sweet man can still be romantic with his flowers for his love. I wish the best for you on your special day.

Yasmine said...

Thank you Sherri, you are so lovely!

Princess and the Pea said...

I always cry on my birthday because I hate getting older, I've done it since I was 4! But when you put it that way, it makes me realise, I don't have anything to cry about at all!

Happy birthday! x

Yasmine said...

Celebrating! That's what we should do, instead of looking at the negative side of things. Life is to short to be negative all the time.

Zhu said...

Bon anniversaire !

I agree, you already lived two or three lives... but you have nine, like a cat, right? ;-)

Yasmine said...

Thank you Zhu! We'll see for the nine lives ;P, hope you're right!

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