When I came back to Odisha (at the end of 2017) on a work sabbatical, birthdays for me until then, were regular annual affairs that were to be celebrated with the usual thank you messages and an odd get together with family and friends.
Not to say I did not look forward to them. I did. It was a special date in the calendar and once my boss had joked that he had recruited me because the date (19th) added up to the digit One which he considered lucky!
However, after my health suffered a serious setback in 2018 I started to realise the beauty of life. My perspectives changed. The small things in my daily routine began to matter and I started appreciating them and being thankful for my existence.
Till then my physical body had been just a medium to perform the usual biological functions for which it had been created for. Now, I became more aware of it. What I ate, how many hours I slept, the daily exercises to keep fit – they all began to matter.
I started loving life and prayed to God to keep me alive till such time I am really old 🙂 🙂
I decided to live life to the full and so birthdays assumed a greater significance. To celebrate each milestone I began drafting short poems and posting them with my pic on social media. The poem tried to capture the essence of what life meant to me in the past 12 months.
So, presenting below are these poems since 2019. I hope to keep updating them each year and hopefully God will be kind enough to help me in my prayers.
Cheers to Life! Hope you enjoy reading them.
Life has been beautiful, what else can I say? For all the small miracles that come my way. HE listens to all that I ask for and plead, Such Graciousness; perhaps due to past reflections or my good deed? On my Birthday today, as I look upwards to Heaven; I send God a flying kiss of thanks, as I turn 40 Seven!
Just 'parking' my thoughts on my Birthday, Life seems so full of possibilities at every step of the way. There are unfulfilled desires and dreams to live, Incomplete works to which I need time to give. The mind keeps travelling to places known/ unknown, Yet bound by current situation I am home. Sometimes I fret about the small things going wrong; Yet there are people with bigger worries but still going strong. For life and death, happiness and despair are all part of the mix, As time rolls on, today it turns me Forty 6.
Can there be smoke without a fire? Does a heart beat without desire? At sunrise today I turned Forty + 5 Thankful to God for His bounty; for being alive! Life's a maze - smile through the joys and pain, Live-in the Now, for this moment will never come again!
What is Age? It is just a number Time keeps rolling on from Jan to December, AT 44 today, I am a lot wiser but still not old, All my life's learnings have turned into gold.