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Happy Birthday to me…

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Tomorrow is my birthday. Another year has gone so quickly–Birthdays are, without question, a time of reflection, a time of thinking of oneself and one’s life. What kind of year am I closing out, and who will I be this coming year? What does it mean to me to be a year older, now that I am long past the years of wanting to be a year older? My friends and family are all healthy and well and are living lovely lives. I am feeling fitter and stronger than I have in a few years, and am looking forward to feeling even better in the future. Looking back, do I have any regrets? Not my major decisions like entering the military, having kids, and getting married or even getting divorced. But maybe the minor ones like my health choices or stupid arguments in the early years of married life and my mistakes in parenting. But, generally if given a chance, I would still live my life the same way I did. Because looking back I know I have learned my life’s greatest lessons from my mistakes–especially the painful ones. But that is past. Today I want to dwell in the present and savor the moment. All in all, it’ll be a happy birthday, and I’m grateful for it. So tomorrow, I’ll be raising a glass (of diet Pepsi—working you know ) and toasting the year that has gone by, and looking forward to life as a 31 year old mother, friend, daughter, sister, loved one, and a healthy woman. 

I love you all 🙂 Thanks for making this a great year for me.

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