Today is my older son’s birthday. A St. Patrick’s Day baby. The years have gone too fast. I knew I wanted to be a mother but the depth of my love for my children sometimes even surprises me. I have every reason to be proud of this young man. He truly has been a blessing to me. We have grown up together and I am so lucky! I don’t necessary need the St. Patty’s Day reminder.
This month also marks my brother’s 12 anniversary of being cancer free. At the age of 26 he was diagnosed with brain cancer. We’d always been close and this only brought us closer. I watch him daily as he battled… endured… and succeeded. I’ve also watched him cope with a new normal for the past 12 years. What amazed me was how he never complained. He took it day by day. He was… present. He taught me much about life then and now.
My brother also has two daughters and one of my niece’s birthdays is also this month. She is an amazing soul. She, too, has been my teacher.
So I pause this morning to think of all of these celebrations. Life. And the lessons I’ve learned. Many. At times the lesson were challenging. At times they were heartbreaking. Truly heartbreaking. Today though, they only bring peace… happiness… a smile to my face and love to my heart. I am truly blessed for this moment.
Today I ask that you see your connection to others. I am a mother, a sister, an aunt. I am so many things. Yet all of this and the experiences make us who we are. Seize the moments… make the most of these relationships. Some of the other thing on your to do list can wait. Love the one’s your with.
Today, I also wish you luck. But do you realize how lucky you already are? Rainbows and pots of gold surround you. They are there… maybe just in a slightly different form. Choose to see them. Choose to enjoy them. Celebrate life!