I can't believe that my birthday is coming again. It seems like just yesterday when I had that birthday celebration in Manhattan, New York last year. We had a very nice dinner at the revolving restaurant of Marriot Marquis and later watched Broadway (Phantom Of The Opera) and after that; we just hanged out in Times Square until the wee hours of the morning. It was a very nice birthday celebration to say the least.
And here I am again, adding another year to my age. It was seven years ago, when I was welcomed into the beautiful "middle age." At this stage in life I don't have the casual immaturity of the youth, nor do I have the constant dependency of old age. I have always enjoyed my birthdays with quiet reflection on the four decades of a sometimes challenging but beautiful journey. I find time to enjoy the little moments rather than focus on bigger events. I always make it a point to take off from everyday life and work to just enjoy two days celebrating life.Lately I have been looking back at my life, along its winding road to the old familiar land marks of love and compassions I have known. It may sound simple but it's more than a cliché. There's no better way to express my gratitude than to say God has been good in my life. I feel blessed when I go to sleep each night counting my blessings and wakes up in the morning with renewed vibrancy and refreshed hope for all that's life is still waiting for me in the future. And though I've had my share of hard times, I know deep in my heart that through it all, God has been good. I believe that the worst of times yields the best lessons in life.
In a couple of days from now, as I pause to celebrate my birthday, I have one question that I will seek for an answer. I think the older we get, the knowingness of the truth-the ownership of knowing is louder. And that voice is louder definitely: “So am I really happy now?’’ Definitely. And I will surely be more happy on my special day, thankful to God for the health, love and constant support of family and friends and for countless blessings I receive everyday.