Tomorrow is my birthday. Yes, another year has gone by in what feels like a blink of an eye. Where has the time gone? It seems like only a few weeks back that it was Christmas, last summer doesn't seem that long ago and I remember my last birthday nearly too clearly…
Birthdays, along with New Year's eve, are one of the days when I'm most prone to reflect on my life and the past year. Have I managed to achieve the things I set out to do? How far have I come? What are the next steps? With Spring being usually quite close in March, it feels to me like it's the best time for a birthday (though I'm sure most people would say that about theirs) as it's the time when I'm starting to wake up from my Winter lethargy and I feel full of fresh energy to tackle new challenges and look forward to new things that may lay ahead.
So, as I'll be blowing out one or more (no, I'm not telling you how many!) candles on my cake, what will I be wishing for? Well, it might come as a surprise to some people that it's not the latest handbag, a pair of shoes or some expensive jewellery I will be hoping for. Yes, having my own house would be great and I'm saving my pennies for a new camera, but all that will come in time - though the camera sooner than the house.
No, what I'm looking for is something money (arguably) can't buy. I will wish for more resilience against setbacks, the ability to see these setbacks as a challenge to do better, the insight to recognise real friends from phoney acquaintances and not to get upset by other's actions. I hope to be able to banish the bouts of doubt and to build my self-confidence so that I can continue pursuing my dreams. I know that I'm getting there and that with every birthday I'm getting closer to leading exactly the life I want. As my mum used to say, I'm a late starter, but once I get going, I'm unstoppable. And the handbags and shoes? They'll happen one day, but even if they don't, they're certainly not the most important thing. So, here's to another year and more fabulous adventures and dreams becoming reality.