Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Briefly, On My Birthday
My birthday was, by choice, low key. I took the phone off the hook, logged off my computer and stayed in bed to catch up on a few weeks of lost sleep. It was the best gift I could have wished for. There were other gifts, not least a bottle of a hot, 'Dooney' pink ink called Shah's Rose with which I am going to write everything, even my cheques, from now on.I have mixed feelings about birthdays, especially as I get older. I don't have any hang-ups about my fading youth (although my fading good looks might be another matter). Rather, as each year passes, I become more acutely aware of how much I've taken time for granted – and how many precious opportunities I've let slip through my fingers, often without even appreciating them. I'm not going to waste a minute of the rest of my life.