Although I still have balloons drifting from my ceiling in my living room and my refrigerator has part of an Italian Wedding Cake inside, my birthday weekend is over. I spent my time with loved ones and friends and ate way too much cake, pizza, and BBQ. My boyfriend and one of his children came down for the weekend and I drove them all over the city with a grand finale at the Memphis Zoo Sunday afternoon then sent them on their way while I watched one of my birthday presents: the DVD Valley of the Dolls. So yes, it was a great weekend and I am one year older . . . now what?
Well, to be quite honest, I have learned quite a bit over the weekend, things that I already knew yet received a refresher course. I re-learned that the world is a BIG place and that it still has many wonders for us to behold. That idea came into my head while we walked around the zoo. So many animals from all around the world and oceans and yet they represent only a tiny fragment of this place we call Earth. So many people these days have forgotten what it means to simply smile, laugh, dream or even explore. After seeing these animals for the millionth time in my life, the idea of the world made me feel quite good and charged up my curious side.
I re-learned that people choose to feel or act in a certain way. No one "makes" you do anything; the responsibility is your own. Once again, there are too many people out there who act in a certain way towards others and yet they blame it on the other person and escape all responsibility. How can we live when we can't be responsible?
I re-learned that all things are good in moderation. Yes, this was my birthday weekend and yes, I did eat quite a lot of fatty foods. Yet, today is a new day, a day in which I go back to my moderately eating ways that I truly do love and enjoy my fruits and vegetables.
So there you have it. Sometimes, it's just good to hear or experience words of wisdom every so often in our lives; it makes us stronger and more open to whatever comes out way, be it good or bad. I am now 39 years old and I feel more alive than ever. I had a great birthday; now what? Now, I continue living my full and enriched life as ME.