In less than three hours the calendar will turn from the last day of October to the first day of November. As the second moon of the month stands high in the sky, I say goodbye to 62 and welcome my new year. 63!
Who can describe what that feels like? How can you ever know where you will be living or what you will be living through from one birthday to the next?
Ask anyone and they will tell you – I love birthdays! There are many I can list as my favorites, but the ones that stand out the most are the birthdays filled with friends and family. The birthdays where people gather to celebrate with me – celebrate the gift of each year and the grace to live that year to its fullest.
We live in a time when the pressure to conform is pushing hard against us. By the fact that I was born with a disability, I have spent a good part of my life becoming fully me… a person who cannot conform.
Wheelchairs have been designed to raise high, allowing me to sit next to a hospital bed and be seen, as I pray with a patient. In churches, altars have been crafted so I could sit and lead worship services.
I have skied, I have danced, I have snorkeled in the Caribbean and rode on horseback – different than the norm and maybe not always perfectly but my way. My way with an added dose of confidence that only comes through grace.
Doyle’s quote reminds me I am not alone… it is not about being good enough but being willing to try.
Tomorrow I celebrate my 63rd birthday. I will continue on life’s journey – open to new opportunities and remembering that my way is more than enough.
Quote: Glennon Doyle