Post by Carina Spring.
“…if one is lucky enough to be blessed with good health, growing older shouldn’t be something to complain about. It’s not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be so fast on your feet, and the image in the mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.”
~Betty White at 89 years of age.
A few years ago, I was listening to a program on CBC. The lady speaking was a breast cancer survivor. She was talking about how most people complain when their 40th birthday rolls around, but her experience had changed her perspective. As she approached her 40th year, she felt the birthday was a gift. She threw a party for all of her friends, and family, and joyfully celebrated the start of a new decade in her life. I’ve tried to remember her message of being thankful for each year.
March 20th was my birthday, and I looked forward to it all week. It was also the first day of spring, the International Day of Happiness, and a Friday! When I got home, I went on the Internet to check out one of my favourite blogs, http://thecreativitycauldron.com/, and learned that the blogger – the lovely Bekki Hill – had included me in her nominations for the Liebster Award. What a timely coincidence: Preparing a post with my responses will give me a unique way to reflect on the year that’s past, and the year to come.
On Saturday morning, I woke up to find a musical keyboard set up in the family room. A fantastic gift because I’ve always wanted one, but never felt I could justify buying one since I don’t actually know how to play! I really enjoy figuring songs out by ear and, now that I have a keyboard, I might even take lessons at some point.
For me, the keyboard is also a symbolic reminder to learn as I go, rather than wait for circumstances to be perfect. To jump into another year enthusiastically, as it unfolds, one moment at a time.
Every year, it is worth embracing the renewed opportunity to experience our existence: with all the beauty and joy, the imperfections and uncertainties. It is another chance to learn, and to grow into who we are, to breathe fresh air into our lungs, and laugh with a loved one.
It will take a little while to get my response post ready for the Liebster Award. I’ve had a busy week, and won’t have time for a few more days. Nonetheless, the questions that Bekki provided were great, and I can’t wait to get to it!
Ps: Above is a picture of my new keyboard.