Another Trip Around the Sun

Though I’m not one to make a production out of it, today I completed my 48th trip around the Sun. I will always thank anyone who wishes me a happy birthday, but I don’t make a big deal out of it. I don’t announce it to the world; I just don’t like being in the spotlight or the center of attention. Hell, I didn’t even make myself a cake. However, my kids did give me some gifts, and I had dinner out with them at Olive Garden.

I requested the day off from work, and from what I’ve heard, I’m freaking glad I did. Apparently it was one big shit show with employees running late or not even showing up. Also, I heard there were a lot of huge parties there—parties of 10 – 20 all day. I have to wonder where all these large parties come from. I barely know 20 people locally, period, much less 20 people that I want to go and eat with at one time. Being with my four kids is sufficient. Add in 15 other people? Um, a little too much “peopling” for me.

Yes, I’m now 48. Two years away from 50. Isn’t that one of those “milestone” birthdays? Isn’t that one that they say that life supposedly begins after? Maybe, if I was financially stable with a consistent four-figure bank balance. But no, I’m lucky to make it paycheck to paycheck.

I enjoyed spending time with all my kids tonight. It’ll be one of the last chances to do something like that, with my daughter moving to Kansas in about two weeks. Even though she’s 21, I really don’t get why she’s decided to move there. I’m not at all in favor of this, but she’s an adult, and it’s ultimately her decision. Even with my disagreeing with her choice, of course I wish her well. No parent in their right minds wishes anything bad for their kids, even when they make dumb choices in their lives. We all make stupid choices at one point or another, and hopefully we learn from those mistakes.

My daughter is a smart girl and has some talents. I just think certain circumstances are not ideal and I don’t see her on the best path at the moment. Hopefully she’ll open her eyes and see the path she needs to take one day, and that when that day comes, she makes the right choices which will lead her to a good and successful life and career.

Winding up for today, here’s today’s motivational quote:

“I realize that life is risks. It’s acknowledging the past but looking forward. It’s taking a chance that we will make mistakes but believing that we all deserve to be forgiven.”
– Carrie Ryan, The Dead-Tossed Waves

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