And in the end, itâ€™s not the years in your life that count. Itâ€™s the life in your years.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Most years on my birthday, I allow myself to spend precious time and energy thinking about all that I have not yet accomplished. ‘I can’t believe I’m already x years old and I haven’t done this, or that, or _________ (fill in the blank)!’Â Sound familiar? Why is it that we so often use our age — which is just a number in the end, anyhow, right? — as a measure against how we’re getting on in life, how much we’ve accomplished, how succesful we are, how many things we have already checked off the ol’ list, how ‘well’ we’re doing. I’ll admit, I’m pretty good at this. I’ve even ended up on more than one occasion in tears, upset with myself for not being ‘further ahead’ in my life.
Well, my friends, no more I say! Instead of looking back at my life and choosing to look at all that I have not yet accomplished, I am going to look back today at my 32 short years and choose to look (and celebrate) all that I have accomplished. And so, if you’ll all indulge me (it is my birthday after all!), I am going to share a few amazing moments (it was going to be 32, until I realized that is a pretty long list, and I’d probably lose most of you by the midway point anyhow!) of wonder, joy, excitement, fear, pride, and achievement that I have been lucky enough to experience thus far in my life.
Here they are (and in no particular order):
- Crossing the finish line of the Indianapolis marathon.
- Singing my first solo as Bunny Sue in my 1st grade production ofÂ Get Hoppin’.
- Hearing my mother’s bracelet jingle in the audience at every Opening Night performance of any show I ever did.
- Bungee jumping (in my birthday suit no less!) in Greece.
- Sitting in the audience experiencing my first musical ever – Cats.
- Having my head shaved in front and friends and family – and Oakville Mayor! – and raising $10,000 for breast cancer research.
- Coffee dates with girlfriends – one in particular post bridesmaid shopping – feeling such connection, love, and sisterhood!
- Getting the envelope that June day saying I made it into the Ryerson theatre program.
- Seeing my brother-in-law walk down the hospital hallway announcing the birth of my beautiful niece Emery.
- The nerves, curiosity, newness, and wanderlust of my first kiss (ah, the innocence and naÃ¯vetÃ©!)
- Riding my moped along the chaotic streets of Chiang Mai, Â dreadlocks waving behind me, enroute to explore Buddhas in underground caves.
- Experiencing my first standing ovation.
- Receiving the call from my agent saying I had landed the partÂ (wow – lot of theatre and acting references in here!)
- Waking up in an Ashram, bald-headed, in India, ready to take on the world as a spiritual yogi.
- Getting up for the first time and riding a (small) wave on a surfboard.
- Being woken upÂ by my excited sister on Christmas morning, stocking trailing behind her, exclaiming “Santa has been!’
- Standing in front on my first class to teach.
- Running through live barbed wires before completing the Tough Mudder.
- Watching the breath-taking view of the sunrise over the Himalayas.
I’ve had some fun times over the years… and I look forward to lots more fun times over the next 32 years and then some.
And so, let us all raise a glass to birthdays ~ for reminding us of not only how much we have already lived, but for getting us pumped for all that is still left to explore.
Have a FAB week everyone!