Birthdays inevitably provide one an opportunity to reflect on life . . . successes, accomplishments, failures, growing edges, mistakes, joys, investments, legacies, fears, struggles and triumphs are all part of it. According to Macrotrends, the life expectancy for Americans in 1983 (my birth year) was 74 years. If this holds true, it means I have reached somewhere near the halfway point in life; I may have lived and experienced half of my life.
Such insight might cause some people to worry or become anxious, realizing that they are now closer to the event of their death than they are to the event of their birth. However, if one truly seeks to take things a day at a time, then one can enjoy each individual day on its own terms and merits.
Nonetheless, these realizations have thrust me into a pile of pensive ponderings. I will share a few.
- My mistakes do not define me, nor do yours define you . . .
- God still has plans for you . . .
- Try not to worry about tomorrow . . .