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July 17, 2012

I found myself still awake somehow at 11:50pm last night, and realized it was a rare opportunity to have a formal count down and toast to a brand new year.  My 38th year on this planet, to be exact, of which, today is Day 1.  But about a millisecond later, I realized that I was extremely tired from a very long, very full day, and, as always, 6:30am comes around fast… so rather than wrap myself up in all that nonsense, I chose instead to wrap myself up in my pajamas, brush my teeth, and go to bed immediately.

And that, my friends, is the difference between turning 37 and turning 27.

But before I drifted off (which in all honesty, probably happened before the clock struck midnight), I looked back.  In that brief moment after I had lain down but before sleep could claim me, I thanked 36 for treating me so well, and sent a quick prayer up to 37 to do the same.  I’m so grateful to have the privilege of getting older, when so many others won’t.  I’m so grateful to have this particular life, lived in the company of these particular people, who bring depth and richness to my days.  I’m so grateful to have adventures still on my horizon, to anticipate and imagine and actively create.  I’m so grateful to be here, in this moment, in this hour, in this day and week and year, watching each moment build upon the next to create an ordinary life that, to me, feels quite extraordinary.

So maybe it’s not midnight anymore, and the time for reflection has passed.  But it’s still morning here in my corner of the world, and it’s the morning of a day that I love, because it marks the beginning of the next little chapter in this volume of my life.  I hope to write it well.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    July 17, 2012 10:25 am

    I love this day too! Enjoy Day 1 and the remaining 364! I’m sure it will be another great year for you. Love reading your blog. Happy Birthday – love to you from me. Elaine

  2. July 18, 2012 11:15 am

    I love seeing your blog in my google reader!!

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