2011 has been a bit a frustration for me as I made plans especially for my birthday this year to celebrate at home in the Phils however, due to some circumstances, I didn't make it. It's not the first time though as far as I can remember, I thought of supposedly a very special gift for my loved ones years ago but a tragedy happened. I don't know, sometimes I get to assume that I shouldn't be planning anymore as for some reasons they just don't happen. Or at least just keep some thoughts to myself especially on travel plans. Sigh.
There are things in this world that are beyond our control and no matter what, we can't do those things all by our own, I am of course not exempted to that fact. I've fully accepted that reality. Possibly I have just learnt enough to be firm on things that I can and can't do, regardless I am aware that in some way these annoyances don't really feel better and since I don't want to be stuck on anything that would certainly drag me down, I just take the moments of doing things that would pay for the wasted plans.
I still have hundreds of reasons to be thankful, I've have had much blessings that I cling to and these give me more strength in my daily undertakings. My family alone is my greatest gift, I feel I am the luckiest on earth having such a loving family. Friends, too who have been there for years and the many new acquaintances that remind me on life's lessons and beauty.
It took long for me to finally decide where to have my birthday dinner. At first, I wanted to have it in this certain cafe in a hotel which I thought worth the price but later I found out that the drinks were very limited and saw the photos on food that in my opinion not really that enticing to the senses. Anyway, checking my budget and list, I finally settled in Sta.Fe. One thing I love about the place is that my guests can choose any dish they prefer aside from the fact that the restaurant doesn't serve Thai food. It should be cool to stay away from anything like it at least for a dinner. Of course, I love Thai food I just go for alternatives this time. :)
This is indeed a thanksgiving as life is a precious gift despite the challenges. I believe there's no room to be regretful in life, the gift alone is incomparable and the added year to living is definitely right to be thankful enough. I am grateful and happy, too as I learnt that my family celebrated my birthday as well at home. They did the same in the past years, last year my mother took the family and relatives to a buffet restaurant for my birthday bash even of me not being there. And this year, they cooked some dishes for the celebration at home.
This makes me really feel extraordinary most especially that I never told them to do so. My family makes it a habit to celebrate our birthdays even of us not being at home. And of me being here away from home, then I should celebrate my very own birthday at least of thanksgiving. It's double three and still COUNTING--yes, both the age and blessings. :)