I used to dread getting older, and I would keep my age a secret.
My attitude about getting older changed after my 6th year of teaching. That year I had a student named Colton in my class. He was energetic, friendly, and always willing to help. He loved to tell me what he had done over the weekend or the details from his football games.
But that summer a very tragic event occurred. Colton was in an accident and lost his life. It was earth shattering having to go to a funeral for one of my students. At the time, I was blogging privately and wrote a poem entitled, Because You May Be My Last Teacher…
My 29th birthday was just a little over a month after Colton died. Up until that point, I was lamenting the fact that I only had one more year in my 20’s!
But Colton’s short life changed the way I now view birthdays. I feel like each time I cringed at the thought of getting older, I also minimized the value of my life, Colton’s life, and the lives of so many others that don’t get to turn another year older.
Each year of my life represents another year that I was given to enjoy, so I embrace the fact that I have been given the gift of life!
I celebrate each year rather than saying, “It’s just another day”. Birthdays are much more than just another day. They are a day to celebrate, to embrace, to give thanks, and to look forward.
So I don’t keep my age a secret anymore, and this Friday I turn 33.
I am celebrating how much I have grown as a mother this past year.
I am embracing my role as a stay at home mom and trying to do my very best while giving myself grace when I fall short.
I am thankful for my husband who has faithfully supported our family this past year. I’m thankful for my son who brings much joy into our lives.
I look forward to deepening my relationships this coming year. I want to spend more time with the Lord and with my family and friends.
How do you view birthdays? If they have been a source of dread in the past, I urge you to think of them as a gift this coming year.
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