Sometimes wisdom can come from the most unlikely of places. I was making a new appointment with my dentist today, when he told me it would be just after my next birthday.
"Oh, I'll be another year older." I said.To which he replied, "It's better than the alternative!"
It's funny but I've never thought of it like that before. When I was younger I was excited about each new birthday coming up, I had my whole life ahead of me! But these days, I've been seeing every approaching birthday as just another year older. I haven't been geting as excited about my age each year as I did in my teens and my twenties. But now that I've heard this unexpected piece of wisdom from my dentist, I'm a little more excited to be alive!
The only alternative to living (and aging), is dying. And I don't want to do that. So now I'm going to think of my birthday as a time to celebrate another year of crazy things I get the chance to do - because I'm lucky enough to be alive to do them!