I am working on my birthday. I am leaning over my computer in a nicely decorated boardroom at the Sheraton hotel in Tampa, while one of VenueQuest’s clients and all their respective association members hold their meetings, discussions, roundtables and speaker panels throughout the hotel meeting space. But that’s okay with me…I am happy to have gotten a birthday.
Plenty of people in their thirties, and especially those in their forties, look upon birthdays as mile markers to old age and the loss of something they wish they could have back. That’s a pretty depressing perspective. Some are mourning the loss of youth in general. Some look back fondly on days of spontaneous freewheeling lifestyles, to body sizes and fitness levels they secretly know they will never experience again, to a time when they had more hair, less wrinkles and unlimited stores of energy. Again, why look back? You probably won’t find anything back there that will make you feel better about today.
But I know that I am truly celebrating this birthday as a gift all of it’s very own. I GOT another birthday. And while I never really doubted that I would survive my adventure with cancer, I have to respect that I only survived thanks to the abilities of my doctors to use the science, technology and resources at hand in 2010 to confidently overcome the beast. This was not a disease my own immune system would have eventually defeated. This is a disease that would have killed me dead. And so for that, I am grateful to be given another year, and will celebrate every forthcoming birthday as another gift, another mile marker toward living a complete, fulfilled and happy life. I will be spending the weekend with my little man Dominic, and my lovely Angela in Orlando. They are meeting me at the conclusion of this conference and we are taking a three day family retreat to Mickey Town.