Well, it was my 51st birthday on Wednesday — and I took the day off to relax and get some things done that have been put off of late. Even managed to get my ears lowered. 🙂
In my family, there wasn’t ever much emphasis put on birthdays — not sure why, but there just wasn’t. As an adult that changed a little and I would usually get a nice gift from my wife and in-laws.
Since I moved back to Brisbane I have been slowly meeting new people. I’ve got a couple of close friends and it’s helped having them for me to settle back into the Aussie way of life after my time in the USA. Sometimes I think we forget about the value of a good friendship — I had dinner with 2 of my close friends here and they literally showered me with gifts. But it wasn’t just the physical items — it was that unbridled enthusiasm that they had for wanting to have a good time to celebrate the birth of me. Little old me.
Then I checked my mailbox and there were 3 cards from friends locally and in other states; a check of my email box saw one from my sister who lives out of the country, my ex-wife, as well as a couple of people I had worked with back in the US. Each one of those people had taken the time and effort to remember me and that felt pretty darn good.
So today I celebrate having great friendships — as they say, you can’t pick your family, but you can your friends. I am thankful of those people who are happy to share life with me.
With that, I’m off to work. TGIF! 🙂