Today is my 51st birthday (October 14). I am crying as I write this; it is because I am SO HAPPY!
I started this blog back in February. I named one of my first posts “Rediscovering What I Love to Do.” Well, rather than name this post with a lyric line, I am going to just keep it simple with a “Part 2!”
I am living my life doing what I love.
I am very happy. A few hours before writing this, I recorded a new vocal for one of my favorite songs, You Are My Wings. I am so amazed at my improvement. In February, I never dreamed for a moment that I would be where I am today!
Below I am sharing a letter that was tucked into a card from my friend, Susan. Her words remind me of why I am so fulfilled.
At the end of this post is a card from my mother given to me on the saddest birthday of my life. There were no “happy birthdays” for me for a very long time after 1992, since my son, Jason, died a week before my birthday.
October 14, 2010
This card really expressed my sentiments to you so well – especially the line about the difference you make in the lives of those around you. Most people who have endured personal tragedy get depressed and become bitter (and who can blame them?) You, on the other hand, became passionate about bringing joy, empathy and hope those listening to your songs or reading your blog. You have especially helped those suffering in the Compassionate Friends Group.
None of us know what the future will bring you. Perhaps you will be discovered and become a musical sensation. Currently, you are a success because you have impacted so many people in the most emotional way. Your songs are so beautiful, haunting, yet uplifting and filled with the purest, emotional quality. So many people can identify with the themes too, because everyone inevitably loses someone they love or cherish which is heart wrenching. Most adults in our age group are dealing with elderly parents who are memory impaired like your mom. To capture that feeling in a song with lyrics and melody is truly an amazing gift. All of the accolades on your blog from friends are a further testimony to your talent. I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with the gift of music.
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