Why wouldn't you want to reflect back on the past year's trip around the sun? Plus all the many years you've ventured around this watered planet.
I think it's a good idea to have a day when you stop and think about the great things in your life. And the not so great things. You need the peaks and valleys to appreciate it all. And this past year, well there have been some big, deep, dark valleys. But my God did I experience the beauty that comes out of the painful times.
From October to February (even as recent as yesterday) shit was crazy. Lots of scary, sad, horrible experiences happened in my family (Patrouch and Kozuch). Through those times I saw my family get closer. I saw brothers and sisters, parents, spouses, coming together in trying times and holding each other up. There was a time when my brother could not stand, so we brought him in to our home and held him up. There were times when Marc and I could not breathe so our parents gave us their breath. No questions, no demands, nothing but unconditional love.
And that's what life is about.
The big moments, the little moments, the seconds that make up our days. There is beauty in all of it. There is beauty in the mundane. There is beauty in the excitement.
During my 34th year I was fortunate enough to gain some new friendships. Really good friends are like family members and I'm lucky to have found some. The kind of friends that see your messy house and keep moving along, that step in and help out when you're about to lose your mind, friends that help you during your first camping trip, let you stay on their volleyball team even though you can't play, the friends that take you out and convince you to drink one more drink...ok maybe I am that friend, but you get it. And most importantly the friends that give you hugs when you desperately don't want them but desperately need them. Yeah, I'm lucky.
So cheers to my birthday and cheers to your birthday! May you live long and prosper.
Our most recent family pic! We took Marc to the Safari Park in Natural Bridge for Father's Day. I love Team P.
Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" is pretty fitting for a day like today, but Willie Nelson singing "Blue Skies" has been playing on loop in my head for a couple weeks now. It's pretty great.
"I never saw the sun shinin' so bright, never saw things goin' so right, noticing the days hurrying by when you're in love, my how they fly."