Monday, September 12, 2011
Interruptions :: Mixed Feelings
On my birthday, I must always strike a balance.
I always try to remember and savor my happiness with my family over a shared meal and an off-key happy birthday tune and my never-successful attempts at blowing out all the candles in one breath.
I remember and savor my happiness without forgetting the unhappiness of so many others on the day that was always fun and celebratory for me (and my cousin, too).
It feels silly to even talk about it, really, as if I'm calling for attention or asking for sympathy. But I know there are a lot of people whose anniversaries of some sort of happiness fall on the same day as a memory of sadness for others. I know I'm not the only one who struggles to understand my own happiness when I know others who are struggling with sadness and sorrow. If you have this struggle, too, I get it, and I'm telling myself this as much as I'm telling you: try to enjoy your happiness. Life isn't always full of happiness, so enjoy it when it comes and it'll give you the strength for the less happy parts of life.