Friday, July 11, 2008

So, It's My Birthday

I turned 30 again today.  No snickering L, D and S.  I don't intend to age for awhile so suck it up. When I look at my life I cannot help but be overwhelmed at the blessings that I have.  I have a family that is absolutely awesome and daily I engage with others on subjects that really matter to me. When I thought about what my life would be like when I grew up, I cannot say that I pictured it turning out exactly the way it has, but I am so glad that it turned out this way.

I awoke to the smiling faces of my family, who actually let me sleep in for my birthday.  I cannot tell you how luxurious that was.  They waited eagerly for me to have my shower and morning tea.  My gifts were beautifully wrapped in newspaper, just as I had requested.  Tonight we will go out for dinner and share some more laughs. 

A few days before my birthday my friends, and family members asked me what I wanted.  In truth the things I want the most I already have, and I certainly have the things that I need.  What I decided was that rather than have people spend money on me, what I wanted was their time.  So for my birthday this year I asked everyone to donate 8 hours of their time to a soup kitchen, or food bank.   Giving to others is a big part of my life, and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my time on this earth than continuing on this tradition.  Consider this post a reminder everyone....if you want to do something special just for me, take the time to notice those that society sees as invisible.  Own your privileges in this life and never take them for granted.  I am not going to do the whole beauty queen speech and talk about world peace, but I will say that even though I have not been able to affect a change on a large scale, it is my hope that my little efforts along the way have been of some comfort to someone.  If we all could make an effort to make just a small change on a daily basis imagine the beautiful life that we all could lead. 


15 comments:

Ebony Intuition said...

Happy Birthday , wish you many more to come

Lyndsay said...

Happy birthday!

Every Christmas I tell my aunt especially that she should donate the money she'd spend on me to somewhere. It's an easier thing than volunteering but I still don't think she'll ever do it...

Becky said...

Happy birthday!

Queers United said...

happy birthday!

Duane said...

I am going to go to the soup kitchen. But I will never and I mean NEVER EVER own my privilege. LOL.

Cooper said...

happy birthday to you.

Danny said...

I turned 30 again today.

LOL. Reminds me of a shirt I once saw. It said, "I'm not 40. I have 22 years of experience at being 18."


Happy B-Day!

Daomadan said...

Happy Birthday!

Sandalstraps said...

Happy Birthday!!

tanglad said...

Happy birthday! Maligayang bati!

harrietsdaughter said...

Renee - I don't know how I missed this! Happy Birthday!

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