Above my head the stars do shine
Each star is like a flame,
And one is mine, that o’er me shone
When to this earth I came.
Upon this Earth my step is firm,
The stones are ‘neath my feet
I see the birds and beasts and flowers,
And loving people greet.
And every year the day returns
When my star shineth bright,
And I receive within my heart
The glory of its light.
-from “Waldorf Education: A Family Guide”, page 130
Birthdays in the Waldorf tradition for small children often involve a cape and a crown, lovely homemade cupcakes that are not too sugary, wishes from others for the development of character traits or the simple things in life, simple gifts of unusual stones, shells, flower petals. It may involve a story of the child’s birth. As the years go by, the cape and crown and simple gifts may recede, but the sentiments remain the same.
Today is my birthday, and I find it is an amazing day full of gratitude. I am so grateful for all the things I learned in the last year, even the hard things! I am grateful to be here for yet another birthday (47 today!), and grateful my husband has celebrated 29 birthdays with me.
Being in the late 40’s is empowering. The crisis of 35-42 is gone, and I find these late 40s on the cusp of a new cycle to be one of imagination, newness, warmth, and confidence. I am so looking forward to this year and to 49 next year – the beginning of a new seven year cycle of 49-56 which I hope will bring more fun, more adaptability and humor. My husband expressed to me this morning that life is a journey and how we enjoy the ride together. This may sound like a cliche, but not at our age. There are so many new possibilities to be open to, and the ability to grow and change together. I have ideas just flowing into my head lately, and hope to be able to make at least a small part of them reality!
I hope when you have your birthday, you remind yourself of your own special energy, your own special thing that you bring to this short walk on earth, the wonderful gifts that you bring, and all the possibilities that life has for you. It should be no less special to have birthday when we are fifty than when we are four. Let us not forget!
Many blessings to you, my friends, and thank you for reading here.