I used to wake up on my birthday with so much excitement, always in anticipation of what this day will bring. But this morning, as I open my eyes to meet April 11, I felt a great sense of serenity and calmness. I looked at my left and smiled seeing my husband and two sons sound asleep. I took a deep breath and held my heart. Yes this is how it feels whenever they say everyday is like my birthday. I closed my eyes and prayed. I got up, took a shower and got myself ready for church. For as long as I can remember, my birthday will never be complete without hearing mass and receiving the communion.
Driving my way to church, I asked myself, what do I wish for myself on my birthday? Anything that i want just for myself? I honestly could not think of anything, not because my life is perfect for it is definitely not, but because I am at point in my life that I am contented and deeply happy. I feel like I have everything I need, and more; definitely much more than I deserve. I am beyond grateful for all the wonderful blessings the Lord has bestowed on me. My wishes are no longer for myself but more for the people that I love. My wishes are for our country for I know how badly we need to see and feel big changes. My wishes are for those handful of people I do not know personally but I feel needs prayer. My wishes are for the world which my sons, together with the next generation, will inherit from us their parents.
Yes, I can say that this birthday is much different than previous years. I do not know if this is because I am getting old, but all I know is that there is that certain peace in my being. I believe that is deeper than those moments of giddiness and excitement. I pray reverently that all my birthdays will be like this, a day of not making any wishes but a day to be thankful of what has been a great year it was for me. God is good, always He will be!