Happy Birthday to my one, precious life

Jun 20, 2012 | Life in Progress

Dear Life….available here

Today is my birthday.
I’m 37 years young.

Since having True, we’ve been getting all our life business in order. Living wills. Last will and testaments. Durable power of attorneys. As I was completing the last part of my will recently – the part that asks what kind of burial/ceremony/etc I’d like to have – I started to write down specific details about the kind of celebration and gathering I’d like for my friends and family to attend when I die. I wanted music, and chocolate, and storytelling, and photos, and laughter…a celebration of a well lived, well loved life.

There was something about that process that was so emotional for me – imagining my not being here in this physical container/body, in this lifetime, on this planet, in this world, with this family, with these friends, inside this one juicy little ol’ life of mine. Because the truth is is that I really, really love living. I love everything about living. The lessons, the love, the tiny moments, the beauty, the adventures, the learning and unlearning, the ahas, the meltdowns, the creativity, the relationships, the….journey. Living is a journey I’m quite in love with.

So today, for my 37th birthday, I made a little love note (a quick collage), addressed to life. Because in the end, I want everyone to know that I genuinely, truly, passionately loved living. And how grateful I was for every. single. breath.

XO

ps: If you’re up for commenting, finish this sentence, “Dear Life, thank you for…..” I’d love to know. Let’s start a juicy, rich, full of awesomeness. And let’s wish every day, and every breath a happy birthday of its own.

Sending much love,

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  1. Tricia Lawrence

    Happy birthday!

    Dear Life, thank you for waking me up.

    Reply
  2. angie fraley

    Dear Life,

    Thank you for helping me create an extraordinary life out of ordinary moments.

    Reply
  3. Iara

    dear life, thank you for all the possibilities. The changes, the new places, the people I met and the little people I was blessed with.

    Reply
  4. janR.

    Dear life,
    Thank you for your goodness and determination despite ourselves…when we think you arent there…you tap us on the shoulders and we realize your presence never left! And thank you for all the beauty of the earth, like trees and grass, flowers, birds and sunshine.

    Reply
  5. Blessed Serendipity

    Happy Birthday to you Kelly Rae.

    Dear Life….Thank you for constantly surprising me.

    xo,
    Danielle

    Reply
  6. CattyCrafter

    Dear Kelly,
    I just turned 63 on the 2nd of June. When I read your post, I began to tear up and as I write this I have tears running down my cheeks. I stopped to think about what a wonderful life I do have and how I need to express every day how thankful I am to – be alive today and tomorrow and tomorrow until no more.
    Your style is so fresh and unique as well as uplifting. Happy Birthday to you – and many wonderful wishes for so many more to come.

    Reply
  7. Gina B.

    Dear Life, Thank you for so many second chances.

    Reply
  8. Nicole

    Happy Birthday Kelly Rae! Blessings and light on your special day! Celebrate all week!!

    from "the awesome" Nicole (from the awesome afternoon at teahouse art studio!) <3

    Reply
  9. Lolita Hayes

    Happy Birthday to a talented, kind, soul who gave us all "Flying Lessons"

    Be Blessed dear one, and thank you for sharing your heartfet gifts and talents with your friends all over the world. We are so fortunate and blessed by you! 🙂

    Reply
  10. Lolita Hayes

    Happy Birthday to a talented, kind, soul who gave us all "Flying Lessons"

    Be Blessed dear one, and thank you for sharing your heartfet gifts and talents with your friends all over the world. We are so fortunate and blessed by you! 🙂

    Reply
  11. Lolita Hayes

    Happy Birthday to a talented, kind, soul who gave us all "Flying Lessons"

    Be Blessed dear one, and thank you for sharing your heartfet gifts and talents with your friends all over the world. We are so fortunate and blessed by you! 🙂

    Reply
  12. Lolita Hayes

    Happy Birthday to a talented, kind, soul who gave us all "Flying Lessons"

    Be Blessed dear one, and thank you for sharing your heartfet gifts and talents with your friends all over the world. We are so fortunate and blessed by you! 🙂

    Reply
  13. Lolita Hayes

    Happy Birthday to a talented, kind, soul who gave us all "Flying Lessons"

    Be Blessed dear one, and thank you for sharing your heartfet gifts and talents with your friends all over the world. We are so fortunate and blessed by you! 🙂

    Reply
  14. Lolita

    Dear Life:
    I am grateful for the past that does not define who I am today. However, my mistakes, of the past taught me priceless lessons that has made me grow into the woman that I AM TODAY, and given me my wings to fly!

    Reply
  15. NANCY LEFKO

    Dear Life, thank you for giving me three wonderful boys to love and a husband who loves all of us 🙂

    Reply
  16. Matty

    Dear Life, thank you that I woke up with my heart beating right on time this morning. Kelly Rae, I've got your "WHaT MakeS YoUR HeaRt FLutter?
    painting right above my computer,where I look often and think what a miracle life is. May every wish come True as you begin this new year on your Life Journey, Matty

    Reply
  17. Priscilla G.

    Dear Kelly Rae,

    Happy Happy Birthday and many, many more on this your special day!

    Dear Life: I am thankful that you always give me second chances. Thank you also for giving me the grace to forgive and the blessing to be able to help a loved one walk through the last part of his journey with love and peacefulness.

    Reply

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