Birthdays are a Time For…

Celebration. Fun. Happiness. Great friends. Big smiles. Good food. Delicious drinks. 

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I recently celebrated a very special birthday.

It was my first birthday in Canada in six years.

It was my first birthday living in Toronto.

It was my first birthday where I didn’t feel the need to plan a huge bash in honour of myself.

However, I felt more honoured than I have for any other birthday I have experienced.

I was surrounded by the people I love most for the whole week around the big day.  I got to meet my little niece for the first time (who is adorable, by the way).  Edwin treated me like a princess:  I received a birthday breakfast, a wonderful birthday dinner, and a surprise trip out of the city for a weekend!  On top of that, my friends came out for time at the beach, a unique evening at an Asian Night Market, and drinks at a lovely brewery I had never been to before.

My birthday was full of new sights and experiences-the way a birthday should be!

I realize that the people you care about are always there to make sure you celebrate a birthday.  Loved ones don’t let you dwell on the idea of “getting old,” or the acceptance of “we don’t really need to celebrate and make today a big deal.”  Because, in fact, it IS a big deal!

We should take a day to look back on the past year and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous twelve months of hard work and experiences.  At the same time, we can see what goals we want to set for the year ahead.  We are never too old to have a party, for each year is cause for more celebration.  It is to say “I survived! I’m still here!”

There are books, television programs, websites that all say we should be doing certain things by a certain age.  This can make a person want to stop counting the years.  Well, I say, sure, we can gain some useful insight from the “life coaches” out there, and they may very well help us veer towards a good path.  Nevertheless, our special day will always remain what it is- “our day.”

So, take that day for yourself.  Grab a friend,  find some sunshine, and celebrate!  I did, and it felt fantastic!  Bring on another year!

photo credit: roamingwab

2 Responses to Birthdays are a Time For…
  1. annedreshfield
    August 4, 2012 | 4:00 am

    Hi Kristin, happy belated birthday! I love what you wrote here; I’m going to try and do as much when I turn 22 in December. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

    • Kristin
      August 4, 2012 | 5:24 am

      Sounds great! Good luck! Thanks for reading!

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Birthdays are a Time For…

Celebration. Fun. Happiness. Great friends. Big smiles. Good food. Delicious drinks. 

IMG_9932

I recently celebrated a very special birthday.

It was my first birthday in Canada in six years.

It was my first birthday living in Toronto.

It was my first birthday where I didn’t feel the need to plan a huge bash in honour of myself.

However, I felt more honoured than I have for any other birthday I have experienced.

I was surrounded by the people I love most for the whole week around the big day.  I got to meet my little niece for the first time (who is adorable, by the way).  Edwin treated me like a princess:  I received a birthday breakfast, a wonderful birthday dinner, and a surprise trip out of the city for a weekend!  On top of that, my friends came out for time at the beach, a unique evening at an Asian Night Market, and drinks at a lovely brewery I had never been to before.

My birthday was full of new sights and experiences-the way a birthday should be!

I realize that the people you care about are always there to make sure you celebrate a birthday.  Loved ones don’t let you dwell on the idea of “getting old,” or the acceptance of “we don’t really need to celebrate and make today a big deal.”  Because, in fact, it IS a big deal!

We should take a day to look back on the past year and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous twelve months of hard work and experiences.  At the same time, we can see what goals we want to set for the year ahead.  We are never too old to have a party, for each year is cause for more celebration.  It is to say “I survived! I’m still here!”

There are books, television programs, websites that all say we should be doing certain things by a certain age.  This can make a person want to stop counting the years.  Well, I say, sure, we can gain some useful insight from the “life coaches” out there, and they may very well help us veer towards a good path.  Nevertheless, our special day will always remain what it is- “our day.”

So, take that day for yourself.  Grab a friend,  find some sunshine, and celebrate!  I did, and it felt fantastic!  Bring on another year!

photo credit: roamingwab

2 Responses to Birthdays are a Time For…
  1. annedreshfield
    August 4, 2012 | 4:00 am

    Hi Kristin, happy belated birthday! I love what you wrote here; I’m going to try and do as much when I turn 22 in December. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

    • Kristin
      August 4, 2012 | 5:24 am

      Sounds great! Good luck! Thanks for reading!

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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