I am reposting this birthday post from last year, because I think I should.
I don’t know what it is about March 14th but I know more people born on that day (myself included) than any other day of the year. It has never really just been my birthday, since I was born on my cousin’s sweet 16–which completely freaks me out when I do the math. One of my closest friends in college had the same birthday as well, which led to interesting celebrations involving kidnappings and late night diner adventures. On Facebook alone I have four friends celebrating their birthday today (the college friend included). Happy birthday to us all.
And of course, we are not alone, as there are numerous historical figures of all types who were born on this day, perhaps the most famous of which is Albert Einstein in 1879. I share my actual birthday with actress Megan Fellows who performed in Anne of Green Gables which is one of my favorite books and mini-series. There are also plenty of historical events including war and peace, joy and sadness.
But, let’s face it, the reason the day is important to me is because it is my birthday.
I admit, though, that I have a slight dread of birthdays now, as the years pile on and life becomes harder in some ways. I know that the looming date of my birthday has influenced the past week of posts, and I apologize for the kind of general gloom and doom of my recent posts.
But, I have decided ENOUGH OF THAT! I am going to chase those birthday blues away by putting some fabulous birthday wish energy out into the universe! It’s my birthday, I can wish what I want to. And what better place to do that then into the blogosphere?
The combined wish energy of all the people born today has potential power. So today, I am going to make birthday wishes for every year of my life–not just selfish wishes, but wishes that I hope will bring some wonderful things to this world. In case you are dying to know, that means 43 wishes. That’s a lot of wishes I think. I am not listing them in any particular order of priority, I just want to put that wish energy out there in the universe and see what happens. I recognize that some of my wishes are nearly impossible, but if we all put power behind our wishes maybe we can change the world.
So here goes:
- I am putting this one first because it is the most immediate. I hope that all goes well with my friend Elizabeth’s custody hearing today and her wonderful boys remain with their intelligent, beautiful, talented Mom.
- May the pain and suffering caused by natural disasters worldwide (especially in Japan now) bring this world closer to recognizing that we have to help and support each other rather than thrive on hatred and war. May the survivors be helped swiftly and gracefully. (Does that count as two wishes? I don’t think so.)
- I wish that Nathan, Sarah, and I could find the place/job/situation that we really want to call home soon (as in during this coming year).
- I wish that all of us with dreams of publishing find homes for our manuscript babies.
- I wish that my blogging family continue to grow and support each other, and create opportunities to meet, to create, and to expand our relationships.
- I wish that the government would come to its senses and leave women’s rights alone, embrace marriage equality for all, and support programming (such as the arts) that will strengthen our country, our educations system, and our health care. [This is probably my most unrealistic wish, I know ]
- I wish that discoveries would be made to help bring my father back to us, even if only for a short time.
- I hope my whole family stays healthy this year.
- I wish that I could continue the path towards becoming healthier and getting control over my own weight. I would like to not have to be on medication for my whole life, so I want to lose weight, exercise and eat right to enrich the life of my entire family.
- I hope that Sarah embraces whatever changes may come, and learns to love the friends she has and live in the Now.
- I wish for puppets, lots and lots of puppets.
- I wish that Nathan and I could take that trip to Ireland that we have been wanting to take. And that all three of us can take a real vacation together somewhere fabulous.
- I wish that all the people I have met recently who are searching for their purpose or some change in their lives can find their bliss and create a world that fulfills them.
- I hope that I can write another novel without second guessing myself.
- I wish that Tori Nelson would get book contract and mention me on the acknowledgments page.
- I hope that my dissertation writing friends complete their dissertations, graduate with glory, and then move on to discover whatever it is they really want to do.
- I hope my brother is able to pursue his passions and find his way to move forward.
- I wish I could create a really beautiful piece of art. I’m not sure what kind, but I want to create something really wonderful.
- I wish I could have a weekend at a spa, treating myself to peace, quiet and massage.
- I wish that I could organize my time better, to allow for more time to read, to write, to create and to spend with my family.
- I wish for some fabulous adventures of all types with my family, including some adventures abroad.
- I wish whatever was plaguing my e-mail would be fixed soon [perhaps the easiest wish to solve]
- I know that it is unrealistic to wish nothing sad would happen over the coming year, but I hope the times of joy are more numerous than the times of sadness.
- I wish we could sell our house in Durango . . . SOON!
- I wish that I could have a house that I am allowed to decorate again, the way I would like to.
- I wish I could have a reunion with all my Durango friends who I miss so much.
- I wish that I could reunite with other friends that I have been thinking about a lot lately.
- I wish Sarah would embrace happiness.
- I would like a slice of my mother’s chocolate cake.
- I hope that we can get my older dog’s health issues under control so that we find fewer poop balls lying around the house.
- I wish that I would figure out my new dreams soon, so that I could then make them happen.
- I wish the economy would be better so that the unemployed will find employment.
- I wish for books, lots and lots of fabulous books.
- I wish that, as I lose more weight, I can finally begin developing my style again–a style all my own I’m sure, but one that I would like to have.
- I wish Jasper, my younger dog, would realize that home is better than running away.
- I wish I could ride a horse.
- I wish Sarah could ride a horse.
- I wish Sarah and I could take a mother-daughter belly dance class together.
- I wish I could learn to meditate, or at least find more inner peace.
- I wish to be “Furiously Happy.”
- I wish the war would end, and no more wars would begin.
- I wish for a warm cup of chai every day.
- I wish I could take more naps.
Wow! It was actually really difficult to think up 43 wishes. But its my birthday, and I can wish if I want to.
What do you wish for?