I’m coping with something we all face eventually – the death of friends. It happened four times last year, and this year, once, and will happen twice more that we know of. Then, there will be the random losses that come and go. It has been on my mind lately.
In order to be the usual positive person I am, I turned my thinking towards living. Birth. Re-birth. And now, am asking all of us, “What does it mean to you to truly live. What does it mean to you to be reborn, religion aside.”
When I come across names in my old-school address book who have passed away, I pause and think of them. I remember talking with them, laughing, visiting. There are many aunts and uncles who are gone, couples, singles, younger and older friends. I hope they would remember me as a friend. As someone who listened. Someone who cared. I can focus on that and do those things for my new friends, my existing friends, and the friends I haven’t met yet. Yes, there are many out there. I can’t wait to meet you! It is something I look forward to daily.
I love birthday’s. I love the fact we all get a day that’s ours. Sometimes, we have to share with a twin, or we’re born on some family member’s birthday, but generally we have our own. I absolutely love birthday’s; mine, the Babe’s, the kids and grandkids, they’re all special. I think of each of them on those special days.
We can look at our birth days as a chance to reassess our lives, our thinking, our direction. It’s a great time to be proactive with changes to our lifestyle, our health choices, and our attitudes. My advice is never stop learning. Thinking you know everything is impossible. We learn in different ways, so we need to add methods if necessary. The best example I can think of is the number of boomers who use Facebook. It started our as a way to college students to keep tabs on each others lives; it has become a tool for us to keep track of our children and grandchildren. Who would have thought?
I hope this is the beginning of a lovely weekend for all of you. We have some organizational meetings for organizations we’ll volunteer with at the VFW. We’ll be making some good commitments this year, and I am eager to see some goals reached. Have a safe weekend, as well. We will see each other tomorrow. Thank you for reading.