It’s a Chinese tradition to have long life noodles on your birthday, in order to ensure that you have a long life. My grandma once told me though, that if I bite the noodle, I’d cut my life short. Somehow that seemed like a safety hazard. And somehow I think she was just teasing me. Either way, since I seem to take after her in appearance, demeanor, and spirit, I hope to take after my great-grandmother whose soul blessedly left her body in the middle of her sleep at the age of 91 or so. I’m always fuzzy on her age, because I know that after WWII, all their records were lost or destroyed so she decided to make herself a little younger. Gotta love that.
Anyhow, it seems the birthday fairies were in cahoots with each other for my quarter century, because I got to celebrate with a weekend full of French films at ColCoa, and it seems I get to continue the celebration as Brit Week starts tomorrow. It really feels like someone planned that just for me. Oh and of course, Brit Week is two weeks, not a week.
And as I prepared for my first ColCoa film last Friday, I couldn’t help but marvel in all my blessings for a moment. Life is always interesting...if you want it to be. This week, my life is full of French films, biscuits and tea, and madhatters. Next week...more fun stuff--on top of my school stuff, of course.
Sometimes it feels like I’m living in a dream. And the truth is—I am. I’m living my dream. I’m only at the very beginning of it, but I feel like it’s the beginning of a golden era. An incredible, GOLDEN era. And it's not because of a lucky golden ticket, or anything like that. It's choices, really. It's all choices.
I never understood people’s fear of aging. Well, dealing with deteriorating health and mental capacity can’t be fun, but it seems their fear lies less in that and more in just numbers. I think I’ll be excited to turn 80. When you turn 80, you’ve got so many stories. When you’ve got stories, whether good, bad, sad, or mad, you’ve got a life. And that’s why you should start taking care of your health—mentally, physically, and spiritually—while you’re young. That way when you’re old, you’ll still be able to enjoy the rejuvenation of a walk in the park on a crisp spring morning, and tell lots of stories.
So…Be always curious! You have to be interested, to be interesting. If you find yourself bored, it’s because you’re boring. And if that’s the case, then stop being boring. Otherwise, you’re sure to feel the weight of age.
BIG LOVE & HUGS