One of my closest friends celebrated his 50th birthday Wednesday evening. He had no clue that a group of his family and friends surprised him with a surprise party. Some folks couldn’t make it, and others didn’t bother to communicate their plans. But he had a fantastic showing of at least twenty-five people coming out and supporting him. I was happy that he had a great support system. The older we get, birthdays become another day for most people, but it’s refreshing to see how others celebrate. Especially when we lose those we care about because life didn’t allow them to see another birthday.
His sister and I conspired for two weeks to pull this off. He’s had so many issues over the last few years, and his entire family came from all over the United States to surprise him. It was priceless to see the expression on his face.
I’ve always been somebody who enjoyed looking forward to getting older until it happens. Then I wish I could turn the clock back and be a younger age. Wouldn’t it be something to take the wisdom that we have now and have youth stay on our side to remain vital and full of energy? Sometimes I think the older I get, the more my joints complain. I also think about my friends who struggle on their birthdays. They don’t want to reach that pinnacle of an age. I have friends who are entering their thirties, and they dread that time. And then I think about the age of the forties, and I think why people are so afraid of getting into their forties? Then comes the fifties with the Gray hair and the aching joints. Then if we’re lucky, we get to make it to our sixties, seventies, eighties, and even possibly nineties; very few make it to a 100 and above.
I used to think that people gave birthdays as a reason for a celebration, but the older I got, the more I began to recognize that most people didn’t want to celebrate their day. To them, it was just another number, another day to scratch off on their calendar. If you have a birthday coming up, I hope you celebrate it because birthdays aren’t a given. If we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, it’s never to take a single day for granted. For those with a birthday today, happy birthday. Be sure to celebrate it in a joyous capacity if you can. Have a great day, everyone.
This is Ken’s sister Ann who was missing in the previous picture.