Another Year Older, Another Year…Older

“Well, birthdays are merely symbolic
of how another year has gone by and how little we’ve grown.
No matter how desperate we are that someday
a better self will emerge,
with each flicker of the candles on the cake,
we know it’s not to be, that for the rest of our sad, wretched lives,
this is who we are to the bitter end. Inevitably, irrevocably;
happy birthday? No such thing.”

-Jerry Seinfeld

Birthdays are strange things. While I may not be as cynical as Mr. Jerry Seinfeld, I can’t help but to question the idea of making a big deal out of birthdays. Yippee – We made it through another year. I don’t mean to mock; that is truly something to celebrate. But what Jerry Seinfeld has to say should bring us to call to mind why we celebrate the day that we were expelled from our mother’s womb. Birthdays, even more so than New Year’s Eve, should call us to examine our lives to see where we have been, to find where we are, and to discover to where we are going. As Socrates once said (or wrote – who knows?), the unexamined life is not worth living. We must be able to look at our lives, constantly giving ourselves reasons to continue in this life. Mr. Seinfeld seems to believe that it is inevitable for everyone to remain exactly the same from every year and that that is all that we must acknowledge. If our years and our lives only boil down to the extent to which we grow, there are definitely times when we can understand Jerry’s point. However, we can have hope that we can better ourselves. We are not alone in this life either.

Our lives surround us by beautiful and loving people on whom we can rely. God has blessed each and every one of us with families and friends. That is the beautiful thing about birthdays and holidays: our celebrations give us greater cause for celebration. I will tell you: I’m not the biggest fan of making a big deal about many things. However, when we come together with our family and friends, we can look around us to see how much we are loved and to see how much we have in this life. Birthdays help us call to mind those gifts that we are so blessed to have. He gave us friends; He gave us family. He gave us this gift of life to live on this Earth. While I may not like making a big deal about many things, I can appreciate something about my birthday: God loves me. He loves me so much. He gave me so much. I must do all that I can to return that back to Him. Nothing that I have is mine. I deserve none of it. But God deserves the praise and honor. I must strive to always better myself. When I fall, I need to get back up. Each New Year, each birthday, each day, we must be able to call to mind that God loves us and return to Him all that He has given to us, dedicating all of our thoughts, words, and actions to the greater glory of God.

“God gave us the gift of life;
it is up to us to give ourselves
the gift of living well.”



Duc In Altum

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam


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