I’m a little over two weeks into what many presume is my “Jesus Year.” While I had never heard of this reference during any of my previous decades on Mother Earth until recently, I did some perusing of online sources to understand the significance. In short, I learned that this is the year when I’m supposed to get serious about life and perhaps experience a spiritual awakening. The connection to Jesus is centered around his age at the time of his crucifixion and ultimately resurrection at what’s believed to have been 33 years old. Now, I could’ve found myself crawling down a hole of additional searches and historical fact checking, but instead I’ve elected to ascribe this reference to our propensity as humans to look for associations and links to everything in order to find meaning. It’s just what we do, and I don’t see it as good or bad. I guess it also further proves that I am much farther removed from the Internet than I thought. *shrug* But, as I think about how another year of life has shaped up for me, I can honestly say that I’m proud. I’ve done much more before 33 than my family probably could’ve imagined. And I’ve definitely had to ascend a few mountains along the way that increased my capacity to breathe, endure, and hold on in what often seemed like an interminable cycle. None of that happens without a progression in maturity, faith, and a comeback!
In today’s age, life can feel so rushed and/or it never seems like you’re doing enough in any aspect. It probably doesn’t help that it has become incredibly easy to hop on the comparison train when our technological capabilities have propelled us into a new era of communication. I will not claim to have figured it all out and done anything perfectly. But, for every opened door and nudge to leap, I know that I’ve done A LOT that has given my life new meaning and certainly required that I step into the challenges of adulthood long before adding the 33rd candle to the cupcakes.
Even though this birthday is now in my rear view, I celebrate every time I had to redefine my attitude, perspective, and plans to become more in tune with myself and acknowledge my need for God. I know that in this year and in those to come, there will be more transitions. My hope is that I will continue to grow through this life with love for myself and the uniqueness of my being for the good of the world we all share. So, here’s to me continuing my revolution!