Good morning all - hope you've had a GREAT week out and about in the world! As you might know, today is my 54th birthday and in honor of that, I'm posting some of my favorite music throughout the day. Enjoy!
You know, I have some friends who find it silly that a 54 year old man would make a big deal of his birthday. I understand the thoughts, but I don't agree with it. I celebrate my birthday every year because to me, it IS a big deal.
You see, when I was in my mid/late 20s, I had a friend with whom I joked that I was approaching 30 and hadn't accomplished anything. It was a joke, really, I was only in my 20s, but, because he had been in and out of ill health due to AIDS for some years, he grimly replied 'well, some people didn't get to be 30'. And you know, he was right to be annoyed by my ridiculous notion that 30 was something to be dreaded.
I was always a proponent for celebrating the day in style but, after that, I took an even harder line. There was one year in my 30s when I celebrated for two months with dinners, drinks and producing fundraising events around the country. That was my personal best until I approached 50 - I started celebrating in July 2013 and that lasted through to March 2015. Subsequent birthdays have been a bit quieter, of course, just to balance things out!
But, 54 for me is abit special as it could be the last 'normal' year. Let me explain.
In 1980 my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He was 55. He spent a year on chemo and died at 56. This made a big impact on me, a young man of 17. So, for all these years, I've lived with the looming worry of making it through my 56th year.
So, today, I begin the ramp up to a two year cycle of celebrating 54, 55, 56, and, with God's help, 57 and beyond. Because one person I loved didn't get to be 57.
I hope you'll join me in this journey, because it promises to be fun and interesting.
First up, a great way to start anything:
Today, I start what I think/hope will be a new era of my life and while I'm not ready/able to talk about it just yet, know that I will when I can.
Think of it like this: last summer, we grew a variety of plants - some decorative, some for cooking (and you all know how much we love cooking "in our tiny place" see my Instagram account @jacobandrewaltenburg). Some of them did well, some did not.
The tarragon was one of the ones that did just fine in the limited light of the space between our building and the one next door to us.
This morning we noticed that the tarragon is growing. It's just a little sprig of green, really, but it's a promising start to the next growing season. Life is like that. There's a little sprig of possibility and you nurture it. You give it light, air, food, and attention and, with a little luck, it'll grow into something larger.
With that in mind, enjoy this tune from MOANA, "How Far I'll Go" which seems particularly fitting for today.
Enjoy the day and catch you back here again soon!
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