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Celebrating the gift of “YOU” to the world

Have you ever wondered how birthday celebrations became so important?

To some birthdays are a huge ordeal.

To others, birthdays are just another day in their time here on earth.

I’d say that I’m right smack dab in the middle of the mix.  While I like a bit of a fuss to be made on my day, it is in actuality just another day in my life….

But this “just another day in my life” is truly a gift in and of itself.  Time and time again we are reminded that life is so very precious; never knowing which ordinary day will be your last here.  Illness, Accident or nature… you just don’t know when your time on earth is up; when a normal day will be your last.

Your birthday is your own personal “Happy New Year” celebration.  It’s the day that we celebrate you making your appearance in the world.

In my family we don’t have any traditions that are set in stone but we usually have dinner at my mom’s that most often includes corn on the cob and fried green tomatoes (all of our birthdays are in the summer 🙂 ).  Summer birthdays always lent themselves to fun in the sun… from slip and slide birthday parties to weekends on the house boat in Erie with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins to weekend birthday celebrations at the cabin with little bro and friends.

Often we got flowers from our step-dad on our birthdays along with cake and ice cream.  Many birthdays have been spent at work in my days at Kennywood or on field trips at the daycare I used to work at.  Concert tickets have made some pretty cool birthday gifts I’ve received including several Dave Matthews Band concerts and the Paul Simon & Bob Dylan show I saw with an Ex.

All things aside though…. YES, the gifts are nice & the cards are heartfelt or funny. BUT, the biggest gift we receive each and every year is more time to walk this Earth.  More time to leave your mark on the world… More time to forage relationships with those you love and initiate new bonds.

The gift of you to the world is the most amazingly spectacular gift that can be given… for on YOUR day, you and only you are celebrated.  Your talents, your being, your treasure.  Celebrate the gift that you are to the world.  The gift that you are to your friends and family… the gift that you are to yourself.  Acknowledge your awesomeness and celebrate the fact that you are unique.  You are the most precious of gifts that could ever be received.

So on your special day each year… I celebrate the gift of you!

CELEBRATE each breath that you take… every move you make.

~**~ HaPpY BiRtHdAy ~**~

Today is an awesomely special day…. 

NO, not because it’s Friday.  Well, yes. Okay, that does make it an awesomely special day.

So correction, today is an awesomely phenomenal, special day. 

An awesomely, phenomenal special day because I’m celebrating a birthday!!! 

I love, love, love birthdays… Love giving gifts.  Don’t mind getting gifts. I love cake, cupcakes, ice cream for sure… heck even throw in balloons and flowers galore!

 But this birthday? This one’s different.  It’s HUGE.  It’s a milestone.  It’s one I never thought I’d see!

For years I thought about it and dreamt of it… twirled my hair and slept on it.

I just didn’t think it was in the cards for me… Didn’t think it a possibility. 

Have you guessed it? …………………. Nah, I’m thinking not.   

~**~ It’s my car’s FIRST BIRTHDAY ~**~

Mmmmmm. Cake.

Yep, I purchased my very first,  brand new car a year ago today…

Hard to believe it’s been a year already.  At the time, I was NOT ready to buy a car.  I knew it would have to happen at some point within the year because my Cavalier was on its last leg, but purchasing a car was not in my immediate plans.

That was at least until March 24th of last year when I was in a pretty bad car accident, totaling my precious Cavalier.  I was very fortunate to only come out with TONS of bumps and bruises and one tiny cut on my face;  most of my injuries occurred from my seat belt, the air bag and my driver’s side door.   The whole thing is kind of a blur; it didn’t happen in slow motion as you often hear.  Had it been more serious, seconds COULD have changed me forever… COULD have changed my family forever. BUT, I know for a fact that Someone was watching out for me that day. 

After “refusing” medical attention, I stood there staring at my car and just couldn’t believe my eyes.  I was just stunned.  You know the term rubber necking?  You know, the train wreck you pass by and just can’t help but  look at it.  Lots of  passers-by participated. 

I haven’t looked at the pictures of my car but twice since it happened.  As a matter of fact, my mom refused to look at them at all.  If you are curious, you can take a peek here and here.  I don’t wanna put them up, in case family and friends DON’T wanna see ’em so this way the choice is up to you.  Ughhh. Still gives me the chills looking at them a year later. 

A co-worker was in the car behind me and thankfully was not involved in the mess.  She was the rock I needed until Mandy, one of my best friends arrived to pick me up.  She took me home where I tried to collect myself and make the calls I needed.  I crawled into bed and just slept a bit of the day away to be awoken by Jaime, another best friend and her kiddos bringing flowers over.  So many of those closest to me were at my side in the week following… from mom running me to Med Express and the Emergency Room for x-rays and medication to Jaime and Mandy helping with getting my rental situated and going to the junk yard to clean out my poor wrecked baby to dad taking me on my first look at possible new cars to Corey, Jaime’s husband and my friend, going with me to purchase my new car. I was shown just how many worried about me, cared for me and loved me.  I’ve always known I’ve had it, but was blown away by the support I received from co-workers, family, friends and acquaintances… heck, even ex-boyfriends crawled outta the wood work to share well wishes and offer help.

I will be honest, I avoid driving past that intersection at all costs, letting anxiety get the best of me.  I believe I’ve only driven past a handful of times in the last year; paint marking the guard rail a reminder of how lucky I am and how much worse it COULD have been.

So instead of focusing on what happened a year ago in March; today I’m celebrating my new car’s FIRST BIRTHDAY! 

A year full of car payments under my belt… Wooo Hooo!

She even got her one year well check this week and came out with a clean bill of health for Inspection and Emissions; only needing routine maintenance and a new set of wiper blades.  That’s a great birthday gift in my book!

My first car in a color other than red… My first tank in the snow… My new baby 🙂 

My Baby... So pretty 🙂

Isn’t she pretty???? 

~**~ Happy First Birthday ~**~

She does need a good washing though… As soon as the weather breaks, she’ll get all “dolled” up 😉 

Does your car have a nickname? 

 I usually do name my cars… but I haven’t thought of one that suits her, er me, yet. 

Suggestions and ideas are now being taken!