Yesterday morning I woke up another year older. I hadn't planned anything specific and wasn't looking for a party. I didn't want a big fuss. One thing I've learned over the years is that the world doesn't revolve around me and that's absolutely fine. I wasn't after any major attention. I woke up and the sun as out which made me ridiculously happy. I've been missing blue skies and sunshine lately and I couldn't have wished for a more beautiful day. As a child, I used to wish for a garden party for my birthday thinking that surely it's pretty much spring, right? Well, I've seen everything from deep snow, grey skies and rain to spring-like sunshine on this day over the years and that has taught me that planning a garden party would be ridiculously optimistic.
I got up early and the house was quiet as everybody else was still asleep. I do like quiet mornings like that, they suit my tendency of having to collect my thoughts before starting the day. I found some gifts and spring twigs (the twigs are from my mum's garden, sent in a parcel, weird, but I love it) on the table. I made myself some coffee and sat down, looking at the blue sky, the cards and lovingly wrapped gifts. I just sat without thinking about much at all. All I felt was the simple happiness of the moment - a rare occurrence for somebody whose mind usually races through all worst-case-scenarios at once and tends to get overwhelmingly anxious at the smallest of setbacks.
The day was marked by beautiful simplicity. Monsieur went to his mum's house to bake a cake for me (orange and lady grey tea with vanilla frosting - he did well!) whilst Dylan and I went for a walk in a nearby park. We walked, talked, sat on a bench to soak up some of the sun rays, and made silly noises at some Alpacas in the animal enclosure - why is being silly so underrated when it seems to contribute so much to happy moments? We chilled and enjoyed it all.
Later we had smoked salmon sandwiches followed by cake. I got to make a wish. The same one I make every year. We chatted and laughed. No big fanfare, no fancy restaurant needed. It was a beautiful day made perfect by the people closest to me, sunshine and feeling utterly content.
I'm not a particularly wise person but I do know that there are things that are worth more than all the money in the world, any designer label or any fancy car. They are days when you can't think of anywhere you'd rather be, anyone you'd rather share them with or anything you'd rather do. Yesterday was one of those days.