Age Is A Matter Of Mind – Happy Birthday To Me!

My first birthday. Back then it was almost a tradition (and luxury) to have one's first birthday photo taken at a commercial photo studio.

My first birthday.
Back then it was almost a tradition (and luxury) to have one’s first birthday photo taken at a commercial photo studio.

Age is a matter of mind; if you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
So, grow old along with me, the best is yet to be! – Sam Han 2012

My family.My brother, Nic, wasn't born yet.That's my parents and elder sister, my best friend :D

My family.
My brother, Nic, wasn’t born yet.
That’s my parents and elder sister, my best friend 😀

One of the most luxurious birthdays I've had. There was a band of 3 and a lady butler to start my day with birthday song.

One of the most luxurious birthdays I’ve had.
There was a band of 3 and a lady butler to start my day with birthday song.

I have had birthday celebrations in Bali, Dubai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Tehran, and of course Singapore but the most memorable birthday I had to date was last year in Melbourne. All my feelings were already written on that post and repeated in the photo below. I think I have lived in essence to what I’ve said I wanted to do in ONE YEAR OLDER BUT MY LIFE IS NOT OVER! written last year – to rekindle my passion for life and embrace whatever it will bring.

Today, I will be having lunch with my sister-in-law, Julie, the eldest daughter in my husband’s family. She has been like a mother, taking very good care of me all these years. I am grateful for her especially during my confinement periods and when my children were toddlers (you know the “terrible two” stage). Her love for our family has been unconditional ever since I stepped into their household.

I asked myself: “How old will I be if I don’t know my age?”<br />“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” – Ann Landers (1918-2002)<br />And so I am moving away from the egocentric concerns of youth to the more realistic perceptions of midlife and older adult that I am now, and I realize that I am no longer the center of my children’s universe. As a result of this realization I feel free to do what I want and not constrained by what I construe to be the opinions of others (who themselves are thinking only about themselves). Thus, in respect to growing older, my wisdom is expressed by focusing on what is truly important to me at least.<br />P.S. I was at Buffalo Road hours before the riot happened. The rain had saved me from lingering longer. My children's dinner treat had lured me away from Little India.<br />Thank you Valerie Cher Goh, Vanessa Caitlin Jayne, Kwak Seong Hoon and Sam Poh for the lovely birthday dinner and gift.<br />I'd survived another birthday. It could have gone really awry... A sobering thought, indeed.

I asked myself: “How old will I be if I don’t know my age?”
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” – Ann Landers (1918-2002)
And so I am moving away from the egocentric concerns of youth to the more realistic perceptions of midlife and older adult that I am now, and I realize that I am no longer the center of my children’s universe. As a result of this realization I feel free to do what I want and not constrained by what I construe to be the opinions of others (who themselves are thinking only about themselves). Thus, in respect to growing older, my wisdom is expressed by focusing on what is truly important to me at least.
P.S. I was at Buffalo Road hours before the riot happened.
The rain had saved me from lingering longer. I wanted to go to My French Stall (in Serangoon) for afternoon tea.
My children’s dinner treat had lured me away from Little India.
Thank you Valerie Cher Goh, Vanessa Caitlin Jayne, Kwak Seong Hoon and Sam Poh for the lovely birthday dinner and gift.
I’d survived another birthday. It could have gone really awry… A sobering thought, indeed.

I do not know what my future would be. Que sera sera… but I know I can always get myself in better shape – mentally, physically and spiritually 😉

Let’s see how the new year goes!

Happy birthday to me and all who share the same birth date 😀

Click here to see last birthday’s post.

P.S. This post was drafted and scheduled to be blogged this morning. I was happy as a lark until the grave incident happened last night. I wish all who were injured speedy recovery and the families of those who passed away my deepest condolences. May the souls of those who passed on rest in peace.

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30 Responses to “Age Is A Matter Of Mind – Happy Birthday To Me!”
  1. happy birthday, count more blessings to come your way 🙂

  2. renxkyoko says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! WHATEVER YOUR AGE IS, YOU CERTAINLY LOOK FINE ! ! ! and I mean that.

  3. Kevin says:

    Happy Birthday.

  4. Happy Birthday! May the next year be filled with love, laughs, and amazing food! : )

  5. pimodi says:

    Happy Birthday Semi 🙂

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Happy birthday. May every day bring a new eating experience. 🙂

  7. wingedprisms says:

    Happy Birthday to you, Semi! May you be blessed abundantly all year!
    cate

  8. BeWithUs says:

    Happy belated birthday, my friend!

    One year older, one year wiser!!

    Cheers~ 😀

  9. BG says:

    Happy Birthday !

  10. Happy Birthday, Sam! Hope I’m not too late 🙂 Age is indeed a state of mind, don’t stop having fun!

  11. drunk ninja says:

    Happy 19th Birthday! 😉

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