Birthdays can be a time for reflection, but this year I’m opting for celebration. Some cool things that happened on or near my birthday:
• My van erupted into spontaneous song on hearing news of the occasion.
• A friend sent me a picture of her smiling, swinging baby with good wishes.
• Three friends from two very different times in my life met each other in Johannesburg, South Africa.
• My team won the over-30s division of the local soccer tournament.
• I discovered someone in my new office has the same birthday I do. As a result, we got both a birthday breakfast and a birthday lunch. I think that’s what they mean when they say nirvana.
• A friend baked me some healthy yet surprisingly tasty cookies, which is particularly impressive because I am generally opposed to combining the concepts health and dessert.
• My mom took me out to dinner, and we had completely unhealthy chocolate torte with hazelnut mousse. Yum.
• Another friend sent me this blog post by someone who spent her birthday doing random acts of kindness.
• A number of people wrote cheerful texts.
• My dad called.
• The answer to one of life’s great mysteries—who buys Christmas ornaments in July?—was answered when my mom and sister bought me some I’d been eyeing in San Diego.
According to this list, what’s going to make the next year enjoyable is chocolate cake. That and the people who surround, nurture, and support me, who make me laugh and do me perhaps the greatest favor any of us can do for each other—keep me in mind, whether they are near or far.
And all of this for someone who only remembers others’ birthdays about fifty percent of the time. Thanks, everyone.