Birthday Hike

August 3, 2010

la salle county, illinois


this summer has seemed to go by so fast!  along with summer comes my birthday. instead of focusing on the fact that i’m not getting any younger, i think it’s time i start to appreciate what age brings.  being 40 something, i think there are a lot of positive things i can focus on. this summer, i’ve realized that my daughter is not a child anymore and is blossoming into a beautiful young woman. it’s been hard for me to realize that, and i’m sure it’s been quite annoying for her. after taking a step back and really looking at her, i feel ok with letting go. well, letting go a  little anyway.

i’m not one to celebrate with a cake or anything really special that focuses on me. it means more to me to do something nice for others. however,  i do have a couple of traditions for celebrating. one tradition i have is to watch ingmar bergman’s winter light. it’s my favorite bergman film ever. also,  i do like to take some time to reflect on the past year, think about the coming  year and take advantage of a little bit of solitude. what better way to do that than to take a hike?

this morning i hiked in a nature preserve in la salle county, illinois. being surrounded by nature and all of it’s beauty is the perfect way for me to celebrate. it had rained last night through this morning and everything was wet and lush when i started the hike. by the time i was heading out of the preserve, the clouds had cleared and the beautiful sunlight was streaming through the forest. i saw so many beautiful things! 

i hope you enjoy the photos i took while hiking and reflecting. i hope to post several of the photos in the next few days.

what special ritual(s) do you have to commemorate turning another year older?