Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that today is my birthday…and no…that is no joke. Though it explains a lot, don’t it? It’s OK…you can say it.
I’m not big on birthdays. Most of my birthdays have been spent crying. My family doesn’t really celebrate my birthday…or I guess I should say my mom doesn’t so I grew up never expecting presents…not from my parents and certainly not from anyone else in my life that came along.
The past couple of years, I’ve been blessed because I’ve had the most amazing present of all. I am surrounded by people who love me…who support me unconditionally and who let me love THEM. All over the country. A little around the world. All in my heart.
My most memorable birthday* is from 4 years ago…It was one of the most amazing birthdays I’ve ever had. I met my best friend for the first time (Even though we’d been chatting for a while), got phone calls from people I hadn’t talked to in YEARS & felt cherished for the first time in a very long time. I’ve come a long way from four years ago…and it’s safe to say that I feel even more cherished than I did then…
I’m very protective of my friends and I like to be proactive in their lives. If we don’t talk for a while, I’ll randomly text or email them to make them smile. My friends take care of me…the least I can do is let them know someone’s thinking of them.
Maybe I really am just an April Fool…maybe I am too caring…
You only live once. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow…what if you had the opportunity make someone smile…and you didn’t take it…will they still be there tomorrow? (Take my word for it, they might not be.**)
So yeah. I take the time to be interactive with my friends, even online. If you don’t like it…the X is right there 🙂
For those sticking around…tell me your most memorable birthday? WHEN is your birthday? What is the best present you’ve ever gotten? Worst present? If you had the whole 24 hours to spend with me on my birthday in YOUR ‘hood…what would we do?
It didn’t occur to me until today that four years ago, Mitch Hedberg passed away…On my birthday. I remember the night clearly. I was up pulling an all-nighter and got an alert. We thought it was an April Fool’s joke. You got us good Mitch, we thought. As the night progressed and the morning was closer…it began to sink in that it might not be a joke. Was Mitch really dead?
He was a great comedian. He was a great person. I wouldn’t dare let today pass without honoring his memory.
*Though I can’t forget about getting an autographed copy of Will Entrekin’s book on my birthday 2 years ago. ♥
**That’s a story for another day.