It was my birthday yesterday.
In retrospect, it was in sharp
contrast with that of last year when I had made grand plans
of joining my husband in SA where he was to attend
Even though we'd sent in our visa applications
around the same time, we had to send them in separately - the attendees to the conference had made a group application.
Even at that, I was quite confident and so I booked a seat on the same
flight as he.
A week to our travel date -
10 days to my birthday, he
got his passport back, visa granted. I waited and waited for mine
but it didn't come. I cried as I dropped him off at the airport; there went
all my birthday plans. The way I cried, you would think someone died.
It wasn't until a friend literally slapped me out of my daze: "so you haven't heard
from the embassy and you won't go and find out why?" - that I gathered myself together.
It really hadn't occurred to me that I could contact the Embassy directly. I had
only besieged the NVS center and each time, I had received the same response, "Madam,
when we get your passport, we will contact you".
It was a day to my birthday and I was determined to speak to someone at the Embassy.
They had turned me back at the gate of the Embassy but I would not be deterred.
I searched online and found several phone numbers but they were
either wrong numbers or the Embassy people just weren't taking any calls that day.
Minute after minute, hour after hour, I dialled and
redialled those numbers until it became mindless repetition.
Suddenly after a very long time someone picked! I told the woman my story
and without much ado, she said, "Check the NVS center tomorrow".
I thought I didn't hear her right but then she said it again.
My birthday went by rather fleetingly as I dashed from the
NVS center where I went to pick up my passport, to the airport to have my ticket changed, back home to throw my stuff into a suitcase (I apparently didn't have much faith in the Embassy-woman's assurance or I'd have ghad my suitcase packed the night before) and back to the airport to catch my 9pm flight.
I spent my birthday night alone with an aircraft pillow and blanket for
company but at least I was on my way to be with my prince.
This year was different. There was no rush. No grand plans.
Just the decision to be at peace with myself and to do the thingss
that make me happy.
And so, I set out to give myself a treat.
I spent a good part of the day at the spa getting a massage, facials and
all whatnot. And then there was the photo shoot at a friend's
Studio. I laughed and laughed as he allowed me goof
around while he just clicked away.
My day was wrapped up
nicely as hubby and I sipped on Irish Cream in tall glasses, reminiscing.
So, my question again. What makes a day special?
For me, a day is as special as we decide it is. It's not so much
what we do as how we feel about what we do.
Yesterday was very special
not only because it was my birthday but also because in my
heart I decided that no matter what happened I deserved
to be happy and I carried that special feeling everywhere with me.
Everyday can be as special as we want it to be and birthdays are a good
reason to feel special.
I am deeply grateful to God for another year and I re-dedicate
my life to serve God and humanity.
So help me God.