Monday, September 29, 2008

Another year older...


and deeper in debt!

and yet, I am incredibly rich in friends and family, without which nothing else would matter. It's amazing how perspective changes with the passing years. When I was in my early teens, I remember imagining what the world would be like in the year 2000, which seemed light years away.And then I did the math, and realized to my twelve-year-old horror that I would be -- egads -- 36 years old in the year 2000. I would be so old that I wouldn't even be able to enjoy the new milennium!! Seriously,I recall feeling this way. Fortunately I am much younger now than when I was twelve.

I was a dreadfully serious child at twelve. ("Wednesday's child is full of woe" - yes, I was born on a Wednesday). And I worried about EVERYTHING --which, of course, was mostly nothing, but at the time the most minute details seemed the cause for great angst in my life. Homework, teachers, clothes, my thighs, a single zit on my chin, my thighs --the physical worries alone could fill entire paragraphs on my blog.
Add to that puberty, public speaking and sports, and I just wanted to spin a coccoon and emerge as a butterfly, skipping my teens entirely.

There are moments when the thought of that coccoon still sounds inviting, but most of the time these days, I am ready to face the world head on, and enjoy each day for the gift that it is.

On my birthday, my wish is for all of us to recognize the gift of every passing day.

(and also that I win the mega millions lotto or some other great fortune).

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sisser!!! I have a hard time believing that you had a fear of public speaking.....
love ya!! xo
Jessie

Laura said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Kerri!! I hope you had a great day! I was Tuesday's child, but certainly never felt full of grace.

lizness said...

Happy birthday and a wish for many good things (including the lotto)!

Marilyn Rock said...

Kerri! Happy Birthday girlfriend! I'm SO glad you were born! I wish you nothing but good things and would love to hear that you win the mega millions lotto! :)

bindu said...

Happy Birthday, Kerri! If you do find that cocoon, I could use one too! :) Have a great year.

Cindy Dean said...

Happy Birthday Kerri! Your post made me laugh out loud...I remember doing the same thing when I was yournger...OMG I would be 35 in 2000!!! LOL I do recognize the gift of each and every day... Wishing you the best day ever!

Robyn said...

Happy Birthday Kerri. I wish you great happiness and the mega millions lotto (I'm presuming you are buying lotto tickets)

That paragraph about your teens could be me.lol

Figaro said...

St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store!

Happy 23rd Birthday!

Lorri said...

ok, listen up - this is my best and biggest voice........

"Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Kerri (my art buddy friend) Happy birthday to you..... HIP HIP...

HOORAY"

Love to you on your special day.
I loved your post, so positive! xo

julie king said...

happy belated b'day! i was serious at twelve as well but now find life to be such a lark! i am so much more free and happy at this stage of my life!