Thursday, August 31, 2006

On Being 24

67 years ago, German forces attack Poland across all frontiers and its planes bomb Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw - Britain and France prepare to declare war.

46 years ago, Britain's first betting shops will be allowed to open for business from May 1961.

37 years ago, King Idris of Libya is deposed after a group of officers take power and declare the country a republic.

24 years ago, September 01, 1982, my parents heard my first cry….

It's a long and winding road but the journey is yet to start.

And what have I learned so far?

Though disappointments and failures come, life does go on. They are not the reason for me to give up, but a challenge to move forward.

That the most important people in my life will always be my family. Their unconditional love and acceptance serves as my beacon and wherever this life may lead me, I will always have a light to guide me back home.

That friends, at time, will disappoint you but that does not mean that they don’t care.

That a single person can change your life in an instant.

That success is relative by the values that define your character.

That when you travel so fast in life, many treasured moments will be missed.

That in finding your strength, you have to face your weaknesses.

That contentment lies on your attitude to find fulfillment in the most ordinary situations.

That to love is more important than to be loved.

That to live is not to exist but to exist is to live.

That every life ends but there’s no reason not to enjoy it.

Blessed and forever thankful that God gave me another shot at life

…and all I can say is “BRING IT ON!”


Blogger Roxanne said...

Happy Birthday, Jef!

You get another shot at life? Did you have a near death experience?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous gbert said...

happy birthday jef!
tamang tama birthday mo sa sueldo, magtreat ka... :)

2:51 PM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

advance happy birthday!!! :)

3:40 PM  
Anonymous snglguy said...

Happy Birthday Jef. :-)

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday jeff! that's the spirit... bring it on!

7:32 PM  
Blogger His suzy said...

Happy Birthday! :)

9:05 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

#3 is very true...and it took me a lot longer than 24 to realize that.

happy birthday!

9:32 PM  
Blogger vic said...

That's the spirit, jef!! Happy birthday.. you had a good first 24, the best yet to come..good luck always.. vic

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jinjiruks said...

happy b-day!! tumatanda ka na!

1:33 AM  
Blogger Rey said...

It's interesting that you made "D-DAY" a prelude to your birthday musing. quite creative.

Bring it on.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous jona said...

oh happy birthday!(even if I don't know you and you don't know me either).
i love birthdays!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous jona said...

oh happy birthday!(even if I don't know you and you don't know me either).
i love birthdays!

4:21 PM  
Blogger jef said...

THANK YOU've made my day complete!

5:59 PM  
Blogger D.T. said...

Happy Birthday Jef...or is it belated birthday, considering the fact we're like on opposite sides of the world...hmmm.

Anyways, yeah, congratulations! Here's to another 24 years of living and great insights to life...I wish I was like that. Instead, I'm more of a "Why am I so old?!" kinda cryer and wish my birthday could be delayed for at least another month...

11:39 PM  
Blogger jef said...

Dave: Cheers! Thanks for the greeting bro!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Iskoo said...

happy birthday sayo Jef! and many many more to come. God bless you.

2:54 PM  

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