There are all kinds of birthdays. Some fade into memory-fog like any other day; others stand out. Some bring milestones with age related changes, removing restrictions on everything from what we can watch to what we can buy. Other birthdays enable new responsibilities like driving, voting, or drinking; some paste on category-labels such as teenager, adult, or senior citizen. These birthdays can mark changes to how we perceive ourselves, or how others perceive us.
Some birthdays are memorable in other ways; we attach significance to them or consider them differently. This month marks one of those birthdays for me – the one mandating Medicare registration. I keep hearing words from a poster I came across: “I thought growing old would take longer.” Me, too. And that got it me thinking about birthdays and the wisdom-gifts they can bring.
When I turned 30, I felt discouraged that I hadn’t (continue reading →)