Yay! Today is my birthday. I’m gonna have a good time – for sure! Let the celebration begin!
I started my birthday out by going to my usual Saturday morning hot yoga class. The room was how I like it – about 100 degrees thanks to the heat of 20 bodies and the balmy temps outside. I looked around and once again I was the oldest person in the room. In fact, there was probably a good 10 or 15 years between me and the next oldest person there. This usually makes me self conscious, but today, on my birthday, I was proud.
Here I am celebrating my 20th anniversary of my 39th year, and I am still doing it – stronger than ever!
If you know anything about yoga, you know that it is a practice, and if you are committed to your practice it becomes a journey, always seeking perfection.
Today, on my birthday, I achieved my perfect practice!
Now, those 20 other yoginis in the room might have thought otherwise if they noticed how my short muscles kept me from getting deep into some of the poses, or how my equilibrium caused me to sway a bit , but it’s not the outer appearance that matters. It’s the perseverance and determination that comes from within that got me through each pose, drenched in sweat in that sweltering room.
Yoga is a metaphor for life: in our “practice” we gain balance, flexibility, strength, acceptance, and the ability to overcome the challenges that are part of our journey. Whether we believe that this life is our only practice or just practice for something greater, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we spend each day in gratitude and servitude, with a positive attitude, working our way to perfection.
My yoga instructor reminded me today that there is a miracle right around the corner. Now, I know that “miracle” can come in any form; but I also know that it’s what I decide to do with it that will lead me to where I want to be.
This reminder was one of the best birthday gifts I could receive today. And it makes me even more grateful for the friends and family – and my many, many Facebook friends – who took the time to wish me well and make my day extra special. Again, you know who you are!
So as I spend yet another birthday reflecting I’ve come to accept that what happens, happens for a reason. Life is good. Even when I’m the oldest person in the room, and that is becoming the rule rather than the exception. My only question is: How many times can I get away with having a 39th birthday?
Please post your comments and your thoughts on this. It would be a wonderful birthday gift and truly appreciated!
Note: The art is my birthday wish from my awesome assistant and friend, Matthew L. Ware. Thanks Matt — you’re so creative!
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