Updated: May 10, 2022
I remember being in my teen years and wanted to turn 25. I would daydream about where my life would be at 25. But, most of these dreams are not even my current reality. Just like the way I celebrated, not what I anticipated at all. I believe I am at a better place in my life, a place where I would never think about in my teen years.
About two months ago, I started to really think about what I would do for my birthday. I love to celebrate. I had my ideal birthday celebration all figured out. At least I thought I did. When the COVID-19 started to get more serious, I am not going to lie, I felt down. I was like, "out of all the birthdays why my 25th? As if I would have felt any different if it was any other birthday.
A few days before my birthday, my mom called me and said "I will make dinner, you should come over". I was like why not? I must tell you, It was amazing. My mom's cooking is my favorite, my brother played all my favorite songs, it was a party!!! It was not what I planned, but it was better than what I planned. I only eat one type of cake, and my mom managed to get it for me.
That's not all. I also had a ZOOM PARTY! We actually danced on zoom. I had a "laughing episode". When I start laughing, it's hard to get me to stop ahahah. My friends got to experience that to another level.
I spent time with my family and friends, I got to ride a bike, I took pictures! Those are really all the things I originally wanted to do for my birthday. I didn't get to do things the way I planned to, but they still happened for me.
This quarantine birthday celebration really taught me a lot. I learned that you don't need much to have a good time. I am grateful that the Lord blessed me with amazing friends that actually got up to dance on zoom with me and play with me despite all the technical glitches we had. For a while, I focused on what couldn't happen instead of focusing on what I actually have. I am healthy and safe. I live to see another year of life. The most important thing I learned is that one's joy shouldn't have anything to do with what is going on around them. If your joy depends on what is going on around you then you will never fully be "joyful". True joy is only found in God! After reflecting on the celebrations and everything else, I thought about the sins of my youth. I must tell you, my heart was heavy. and I said this prayer.
Psalm 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
If your birthday will be during this quarantine, I pray that you still celebrate this new year even if it's different than what you would want. It is such a blessing to be alive and breathing. Psalm 25 and 145 are my favorites; don't forget to read them.
Check out these few pictures and videos to see how we made the best out of the situation.
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