I will be a year older by November 2 and will celebrate my day of birth with my family. Actually its difficult for me to have a celebration because I grew in a tradition and belief that prevent me to conduct a party. Here in the Philippines, we celebrate the All Souls Day (day of the dead) every 2nd of November and we usually go to the cemetery every year to pray for our loved ones. That’s right, everyone is lighting their candles in the cemetery during my birthday 🙂 . My parents told me when I was young that we should celebrate the day solemnly for the respect of those who have passed away. This is the reason why I usually use this as a punch line every time my office mate is teasing me about having a party during my birthday. I always told them that to “just pray for me and please proceed to the cemetery with your candles.” This usually cracks a smile.
Well, it doesn’t matter if I will have a party or not. The most important thing is God have given me another year to live and to do things in his name and his glory. This is more than a party to thank for and what more could I ask for. I have what I want now, a family, a job + online career, a website that earns enough to what I expect and a good health. Maybe I will just ask for a car from Him next year. 😀