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Celebrating with thirty-something candles

Aug. 15, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.


My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I cannot believe this year has flown by so fast. Just the other day I was thinking about a birthday party my parents had thrown for me when I turned 5 years old.

It was a Mickey Mouse-themed party and we had cake and candy and lots of friends and family.

But that was a long time ago.

Now my birthdays consist of meeting a few friends for dinner, or maybe just taking the day off from work.

This weekend I celebrated my birthday early with family. This was the only time we all could meet at one time, and I for one did not complain at all. A fun-filled weekend with family and cake? Count me in!

The older I get, the more I want to just relax and soak in the precious moments I get with the family, especially with my niece and nephew who are growing up so fast.

On Saturday we celebrated with a barbecue and some cake.

My 4-year-old nephew agreed to sing me happy birthday and I agreed to share my moment with him. He too had a candle on top of that cake.

Now that I am older, I think about the life that I once thought I was going to have. When I was younger, I always thought that by this age I would be obviously married, with kids and a be a famous reporter at the New York Times.

But sometimes life throws curve balls at you and life does not bring you what you want.

Not that my life has taken a bad turn, it has taken it's time and patience is something I must learn to live with.

So what have I learned this past year?

Well, another year has come and gone. That's a total of 52 Matagorda Advocates that I have been a part of. That's a year's worth of assignments, articles, photos and events covered throughout the county.

This past year I have much to be grateful for; I have done some amazing things, and traveled many times (Thanks Inland Press for my fellowship!) I have also interviewed and covered many fun assignments. Hey, I even toured a coal plant during an outage this year. But I have also made some decisions that led me to become a stronger person.

I have learned to be patient. Sometimes what I want, when I need it won't come any faster just because I expect it.

I have also learned that people are there for you, all you have to do is ask for help and they will be there.

I have learned that a missing headline or missing photo in a nightmare is just that and does not mean anything in real life.

I've learned that each of us need to roll with the punches and accept what life throws at us.

Looking forward to my day off, celebrating with friends and family.

Here is to this 30-something editor; hope the next orbit around the sun is as fun as this one has been.

How do you celebrate your birthday? email me: aacosta@vicad.com

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