I think one of the reasons some people detest birthdays is they frequently feel as though it is a knell of more time past, and less time ahead. For me, it is a marker of progression, a clear point from which I can regard the previous trip around the sun, and determine what I most desire for the next one.
A big focus for me this year is going to be joy. The previous year of my life has been filled with not a little doubt, pain, and fear. And while I have had ample reason to feel these things, many people I know and admire would meet these circumstances with considerably more aplomb than I have. This year, I wish to learn by their example and take life in stride.
Another focus for this year will be frugality. I pay my bills on time and never want for food or gas, however I have literally no reserves, nothing set aside for the future, or even for rainy days (and Mondays - they always get me down!). This WILL change.
Finally, I am going to "enhance my calm." As I face the reality of two children becoming a part of my life, I know that patience and understanding are key to the development of any child. I wish to be a positive force for love and good in these kids' lives, and so... patience for this padawan will be the name of the game.
I think that's plenty for the next trip around the sun. Let's see how I've done on the next November the twentieth!