Happy Birthday to Me

For the past 11 years I have written myself a letter and read a William Stafford poem on my birthday.

This tradition started when I turned 20 years old in Paris 12 years ago. You can read about it here. 

 

I turn 32 today and my focus is simple. I am going to try only “adding” to my life. If I feel unhealthy physically I am not going to focus on what I need to take away -sugars, donuts, etc- I am going to focus on what I need to “add”. Which will most likely be water, more sleep, or more time outside. If I’m feeling stressed in my life or day I’m going to ask what I need to “add” to decrease the stress. Do I need to add in a meditation today? A phone call to a friend?

It’s simple really. I’m going to focus on increasing my time, my health, and my life by “adding” to it. To build it up. I’m hoping by focusing on a constant mental state of increase it will bring overall improvement this year.

As I look at myself in the mirror for the first time as a 32 year old -on this birthday morning- a bright smile shines back at me.  I remind myself that I tend to always kick up dust as I walk through each year. It gets under my finger nails and I appreciate it; the untidiness of living my life. Along with the acknowledgment that I gratefully keep “adding” more years to being. Happy Birthday Beautiful!

 

 

 

 

WILLIAM STAFFORD POEM

For my Young Friends who are Afraid

There is a country to cross you will
find in the corner of your eye, in
the quick slip of your foot–air far
down, a snap that might have caught.
And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing
voice that finds its way by being
afraid. That country is there, for us,
carried as it is crossed. What you fear
will not go away: it will take you into
yourself and bless you and keep you.
That’s the world, and we all live there.

 

 

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19 Comments
  • Kris Parry
    Posted at 16:31h, 19 December Reply

    Happiest day to you my sweet, beautiful niece💗

  • Suzanne Cunningham
    Posted at 16:32h, 19 December Reply

    Special day, indeed! Happy birthday, Kenzie! Wishing you love, happiness, and great adventure this next trip around the sun🎉eat cake🎂

  • Lovely Locke
    Posted at 16:32h, 19 December Reply

    Happy birthday 🎊🎂🎁🎉🎈

  • Gabriela Maria
    Posted at 16:33h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday!! 😁

  • Trinette Mallia Gautreau
    Posted at 16:34h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday M’Kenzie! What a beautiful way to celebrate you and live life with intention.

  • Annie Daniels
    Posted at 16:34h, 19 December Reply

    Your sweet letter touched us with your beautiful sentiment. You “add” so much to our lives.

  • laurie
    Posted at 16:35h, 19 December Reply

    Happy wonderful birthday! Oh to be 32 again. So much fun I had over the last 20 years

  • Rose Pankratz
    Posted at 16:37h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday! It has been fun watching and reading about your family’s unique journey this past year.
    I hope this day is great, and this year unimaginably wonderful!! 🙂

  • Sarah Beasley
    Posted at 16:38h, 19 December Reply

    My bday is also 12/14! Happy belated birthday 🥳

  • Munira Adnan
    Posted at 16:39h, 19 December Reply

    Happy birthday …💓💓

  • Myrna Ginalyn Manaog Agustin
    Posted at 16:39h, 19 December Reply

    Have a blessed birthday! Enjoy your special day with your wonderful family. 😁🎂🎈

  • Kathy Starr
    Posted at 16:40h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Sadie Hawkes
    Posted at 16:40h, 19 December Reply

    Happy happy happiest birthday to you

  • Emily Duckworth
    Posted at 16:41h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday!

  • Esther Roth
    Posted at 16:41h, 19 December Reply

    We share a birthday! Happy birthday to you, I have enjoyed following your journey over the last year.

  • Mariam Suliman
    Posted at 16:42h, 19 December Reply

    I’ve never written a letter to myself but I have had many pen pals over the years, perhaps I should stick to a diary… maybe once a month ..hmmm….

  • Anjulie Haaser
    Posted at 16:43h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday MKenzie!!

  • Cindy Watts
    Posted at 16:43h, 19 December Reply

    Happy birthday ❤️🎂

  • Sharon Coghlan Gerc
    Posted at 16:43h, 19 December Reply

    Happy Birthday, Kenzie. Wishing you many more!!

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