I haven’t been able to post in awhile – which is a GOOD thing. It means things are going well and that I am busy.
I have three blogs to write this week so those of you who follow will have plenty to read. I need to write about the golf outing still. I haven’t had much time to decompress yet. I also want to write about the experience of Victor’s baseball tournament in Cooperstown. I wrote about dreams a few weeks back and watching those 13 boys live a dream was absolutely magical.
But today is a special day. Today is a milestone. Today I turn 47 years young. I never thought birthdays were a big deal. Mine happens to fall on a national holiday so sometimes it gets lost in the overall celebration of the USA. I never minded. In the past 12 years since Victor was born and subsequently Ava was born, life was all about the kids. I didn’t want to fuss over my birthday. I just wanted to spend it with them. I wanted to spend it with Helene. And that is what we do every year. We hang out back by the pool. Friends and family come over. We BBQ, we swim and we enjoy each other.
This year is a little different. This year it is raining. Hurricane Arthur will force me to chart a new course for birthday 47 and that’s fine. Life doesn’t always go as planned – as we found out all too well in December of 2012.
I will spend my 47th birthday chasing dreams. I woke up and hit the gym with Lori the trainer at 6:00 AM – chasing the dream of beating Cancer through better health. Chasing the dream of not gaining 20 pounds in this current round of chemo. I then came home to the birthday cards and gifts from Helene and Victor (Ava is at camp) which will help me chase the dream. A gift card to the new sporting goods store in town and a watch that counts how many calories I burn during the day and during the workouts.
I then will probably find somewhere to have breakfast out. Those who know me well know how much I love to eat breakfast. I can eat an omelet three meals a day. I love me an omelet. I may even step up for some corn beef hash with a candle in it as well.
I just finished an article for faketeams.com. That is the fantasy football website I have been writing for in my (not so) spare time. Chasing dreams. Hopefully this one will give me something to talk about in my next radio gig. Chasing dreams. If you really want to help my “career” give a comment in the comment section.
I will end the day just as I have every other birthday since the kids were born. Dinner out with family.
To paraphrase the line from When Harry Met Sally – “when you know what you want to do for the rest of your life you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” That’s where I am at. I am really in a good place – Cancer or no Cancer. I am tolerating this cycle well. I am thriving at work. I am in the best physical shape I can ever remember being in (well, except for that Cancer stuff) and I am chasing my dream of writing and broadcasting. I have a family that loves and supports me that I love back with everything I have. What could be bad about that?
I tweeted out a picture of Victor and I from Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame the other day with the caption: Cancer may take lives, but it can never take moments. I live for the moments. I live for the milestones. I don’t count the years down – I count ’em up! The nurse at Mount Sinai asked me yesterday what my favorite birthday was. I answered: “The NEXT one!”