My Birthday Reflection

Every Year Is a Gift

Martha Lueck
ILLUMINATION

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Photo by Matteo Di Iorio on Unsplash

Every year around my birthday, I write a little reflection on my year. They say that “age is just a number.” After meeting so many people in their 60’s who still have the mindset and interests of a 20-year-old, I believe that is true for many people. But I’m trying to believe it for myself.

I’ve always struggled with the rigid timeline and the self-sabotaging belief that I’ll never meet my goals — becoming financially stable, finding “the one”, getting married, starting a family, publishing a romance book, etc. After going through a breakup and losing a job, it seemed like it was one step forward and a million steps back. I saw myself as a failure. When I talked to some friends about this, one of them said something very profound:

Every “no” means there will be a new opportunity.

That really made me stop and think. I have received SO many new opportunities and experiences this year! I obtained a new freelance job that I enjoy. Many people have come into my life this year — positive friends, family members, and a new doctor. Spending time with my friends and my mom, attending creativity groups, and cuddling with my pets have been exciting and relaxing. Riding my mom’s electric bike, playing Bingo, writing, and doing diamond art have been fun hobbies. Learning…

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Martha Lueck
ILLUMINATION

Published author | Freelance blogger for HealthyPlace.com | Passionate about mental health and Jesus | https://tinyurl.com/5fbu7pj7