I celebrated a birthday today. It's interesting to me how a birthday is a sort of special "new year" event for the individual. People wish the birthday celebrant well and hope for a good year much like we tend to wish each other at the start of a calendar year.
With a birthday we mark the end of a year of life and the beginning of another year of life so it is, in many ways, a "new year." So I've been thinking about resolutions, which I rarely make for the calendar new year and which seem hardly worth making for a birthday new year. Nevertheless, it's hard not to think about how this year might be different from that last. How I might behave differently, which habits I might try to break and which I might try to instill. At this point, I have no clue.
But I was also thinking about the well wishes and how gratifying it is for people to remember one's birthday. Though others might share that day, it's still special in that people make a particular point of wishing one a "Happy Birthday." For those of us on Facebook, it's quite encouraging to see a long list of wall posts with birthday good wishes. I didn't have a Sally Fields "You like me! You really like me!" moment--well, maybe a small one--but I did feel incredibly fortunate, incredibly blessed.
A random odd thought. I was reading something about a comedian; I want to see it was Larry the Cable Guy, but I could be wrong. Anyway, he was talking about overhearing his son whispering to their baby and was fairly sure he heard "I love Jesus, Reagan. Do you love Jesus?" He then went on to say that he realized his son was saying "I love Cheez-Its." That made me laugh out loud for four reasons: 1) I'd just see the "Cheesus" episode of Glee, which seemed a little odd and disjointed in spots, and yet thought-provoking; 2) a friend of mine just had a baby and named her Reagan; 3) I love Cheez-Its; and 4) I love Jesus, though I'm fairly certain I manage not to confuse the two.
So at the end of this birthday day, I've not really done a lot of self-reflection about this birthday and this new year of life. This is I do know, however. First, I'm incredibly grateful to have another year of life. Second, I feel incredibly blessed to have so many friends and colleagues and acquaintances who seem to care for me quite genuinely. Third, I'm honored to be able to be a part of these peoples' lives and if I resolve anything, I resolve to be more generous to and for those people who mean so much to me.