One More Year

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

– Oprah Winfrey

Last Sunday I celebrated another year in my life.  My birthday "celebration" was nothing fancy: just me, my family and a good meal care of my younger sisters. It started the night before with drinks with my sisters as we watched Pitch Perfect and Part of Me (that Katy Perry movie from last year). It was good to have everyone together goofing off and laughing until I couldn't breathe. I like it when my sisters and I are together like that.

I can't say that my life is perfect, but in spite of that there are still so many things to be grateful for now that I am another year older (and hopefully) wiser:

Family - This year marks my father's third death anniversary. Even though he is gone, his memory will always stay with me and the rest of my family. I'm grateful that through all the challenges our family has gone through, we have managed to stick together and support each other in everything that we do. I love that.

Friends - I am grateful for the friends that I have in my life, especially that inner circle of friends who I have shared private details of my life with (yes, even with a blog, I don't share everything). I'm thankful that I always have people to turn to for help, advice, support and company. I am thankful for the things I learn from all of them and the experiences I get to share with them.  My life would not be the same without these people in it.  I would go insane without my friends, I really would. 

Work - Yes, things are not always peachy at the office, but I am thankful that I have a job. So many people find it hard to get one these days and just having something that helps me to support my family is a big deal to me. Yes, I would like to do something else with my life someday (like blog for a living -- one can only dream) but for now, I'm happy that I have something. The dream of a Young Adult series of books is still hanging in the air, but the ideas keep spinning every day. One day, I'll make that happen too.

Health - If you've known me since I was a little girl you'd know how many times I've gotten sick. Just reaching this age for me is an achievement considering how I used to be a regular patron of doctor's clinics and hospitals and medical laboratories. Yes, I still have my thyroid issues but the important thing is I'm still here and I'm still standing, At this point that's all I can I ask for when it comes to my health. I just hope one day I can say I am 100% healthy. I'm working on that. God-willing that will happen.

There have been so many greetings on Facebook and Twitter from friends and family it was overwhelming. It doesn't seem that big of a deal when I leave birthday greetings online but I now realize how amazing it can feel to have so many people take the time to greet you on your birthday. Dork that I am, I took the time to thank every single one who sent me a greeting too. It's the least I could do right?

The highlight of my birthday, however, would have to be finding out that the cake my sister laid out for me was from my 7-year old niece. Apparently she had money saved and when her mom said she was buying a cake for me my niece was more than willing to use her money for it. I was so touched. I asked her about it and she said that she wanted to do it for me because she knew that I help her and her parents out when they need it the most. She was teary-eyed when she said it that I couldn't help but cry myself. I'm so proud to see my niece growing up having a good heart. That's the best thing I could ever ask for from her.

As I said in the start of this entry, my life isn't perfect. I just hope and pray in this new year of my life that in spite of the curve balls that get thrown at me I will be able to survive, carry on and be better for it. I also hope that this year, I get that one thing that really want, hope and pray for in my life. My closest friends would know what that is so let's just leave it at that.

God-willing, I hope 2013 will be a good year for me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the number 13 in this year won't be so unlucky.

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