Year 26


I have sort of stopped looking forward to my birthday after that entry I've written three years ago, in which I promised that it'd be the last birthday I'll ever spend alone. Well that obviously didn't happen. I'm not sad. It's just that I miss celebrating my birthday with my family. I miss picking which restaurant to book, sharing a great meal and eating Hizon's mocha cake together.

As I grow older, I no longer want the fuss of gathering all my friends and celebrating. I'm happy with going to mass to thank God for my life, and reading heartfelt messages from loved ones and friends- knowing that they remember.

One thing I like most about birthdays though is that it somewhat serves as a pause button. It's a once-a-year-thing where you pause what you normally do for the day, and catch up with friends over chat, emails, texts and Facebook. Then when the day is over, you hit the play button again and continue where you left off.

This year was rather simple- just an ordinary day. I woke up from the sound of messages from my phone and read them while half asleep. I found myself in tears after reading my mom and my brothers' messages. God I felt so terrible upon realizing that it's been five years since I last got my birthday kisses from my mom, and hugs from my ahia. I spent some time in bed, in conversation with God thanking Him for another year of life. I wonder what I've done to receive all His greatness, but I hope I'd be able to use my life to glorify Him.

Year 26, I'm ready to embrace all your crazy adventures.

14 comments

Tsukimi said...

That cake looks so delicious!

You look so young for 26 :) Happy belated birthday!
I'm only 18, still got a long way to go until then *laughs*

Jacqueline Uy said...

Hi, Tsukimi! Thank you for the greeting and for dropping by! You are very young! Live and enjoy every moment :)

Miss `Chievous said...

Happy birthday Jacqueline.

Awww, 5 years is a pretty long time. I can somehow relate to you since I work away from home too. :(

Hope you get to see your family in person real soon!

Rea Alducente said...

Happy birthday Jackie!! :) And it's true that we just need to be thankful for life that God has given us. A celebration can be a plus!

Rea Alducente said...

Happy birthday Jackie!! :) And it's true that we just need to be thankful for life that God has given us. A celebration can be a plus!

Jacqueline said...

Thank you, Aiza and Rea! :)

Milet Miranda said...

Happy birthday Jacq! :) I agree Birthdays are like pause button, not only to catch up with friends and families but also to make plans and set your goals. More blessings to come! And hope you get to see your family soon ^_^

Kristine Diomampo said...

Weee!! Jacq darling! Happy birthday! Sorry this came so late. Anyway, yay! We're the same age na! Haha. :) I'm always thankful when my birthday comes. It means I survived another year in this world. I also give myself a pat on the back for all the achievements of the past year and a good scolding for all the not-so-good things I did. And finally, I say to myself that I am where I have to be at that point in my life and that I just have to have faith in God and in His plans for me. :)

Jacqueline Uy said...

Thank you, Kristine! I really like what you said about where we are now is where we have to be at this point in our lives! It takes so much courage to accept some of the things that happen in our lives, but we continue to hope and to live :)

Jean Quiambao said...

Hi Jackie! Belated happy birthday sis! :) You're so strong and brave, I've always thought of living away from home but I never get to actually doing it because I just can't imagine living alone. My mom works abroad and we rarely see her too, I guess I just don't want to leave my sisters. Anyway, hope you'll get to see your family soon. Stay pretty and young-looking! :)

Maita Atienza, Makeup Artist Philippines said...

oh it was your birthday! Happy happy birthday, Jackie. I so enjoyed being 26 once upon a time and I'm sure you will have a blast too! Have a great year!

Love Love ♥ said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Awww that's pretty sad, but I hope you'd seen your family soon too? I love mocha cake too haha! What cake was that on the picture? It looks delish!

Honestly, I'm not really crazy about my birthday just because I do not like the attention that I get but this reminded me that I should at least be thankful that I got that far.

Jacqueline said...

Thank you so much, Jean, Maita and Leah :) God bless you!

Jacqueline said...

Those cakes chocolate cakes, btw :) I miss Hizon's!!!