Birthdays have always been important to me. For about 8 years (18 to 25 I think) I would drag as many people out camping for my birthday as was possible. I think my record was over 30 people. As the years have progressed camping has evolved into House Parties and more recently onto Backyard BBQs. One thing stayed the same, I've always enjoyed being surrounded by my closest friends. For reasons which I may elaborate on at a different time my past few birthdays have been... poor. My heart just hasn't been into making them something special like they used to be for everyone.
This years birthday was a bit of an eye opener for me. Tuesday night was the wrap party for the show I've been working on. The downstairs of a local pub was rented. I got to sing Karaoke and party with the cast and crew, which is a big deal for me since I rearly get to see most of these people on a regular basis. I work on the post production side of things, and what's worse is I'm often the night shift. I see everything that get's shot during the day (usually more then once), but I don't get to hang out with most of the people that work on the show. But I'm digressing from the point.
Midnight rolled around and everyone who was left in the bar sang happy birthday to me. Half of me wanted to hide behind a table. The other half was cheering like a star being reborn in the night sky. All of me was bright red. The last of us danced partied and sang late into the night. It felt so good to get back to that, I realized just how much I missed it.
The rest of my birthday passed quietly by. I went back to work in the morning. People told me my rendition of the B-52's 'Love Shack' that I performed with a few of the stars of the show was there favorite performance of the night :D I ended the evening hanging out with my best friend. We shared a bottle of wine and watched a bit of TV.
Some things you can hear over and over and never really understand until you come to the conclusion on your own terms. None the less I will shout it from the rafters in hopes that it will help others, even just a little;
Some times it may seem like our lives are just passing us by, or that the best of our years have come and gone. I'm here to say it's just not true.
AS YOU GET OLDER, IT ONLY GETS BETTER.
Goodbye 32 year old me. Hello future. I look forward to seeing you soon.