I just had my 55th birthday. I know that some people don’t celebrate their birthday.  In fact they would rather that people forget about it. My husband and I had this conversation about my birthday.  After much discussion I said okay to an open house.  We went through the who should be invited and what are we going to do for food and drinks.  The morning of the party came and I was all of a sudden uncomfortable about being the center of attention.  Most of us have a tendency to want to keep the attention on others.  I decided to take in all the attention and what people had to say to me.  My sister offered to make sure that the food was taken care of and I knew that my husband and brother would take care of the rest.  I felt the love of old and new friends and laughed with old high school friends about the past.  By the end of the day I was exhausted, but felt the warm of so many wonderful people in my life.  I recommend that each of you take a day to throw yourself a party and let others take care of you.  It is not only a gift for you to take in, but a gift to those that love you and want to show you on a special day.

4/6/2011 12:10:10 pm

You're so right, Valerie. We need to celebrate life even though we don't necessarily feel we deserve or want the attention. Giving others the opportunity to celebrate with us allows us to reconnect with others. Thanks!


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