Come August and I turn into an enthu cutlet. A week into August is my birthday and I am always beaming with energy and happiness during that time. I wait for the 8th of August every year and go all childlike that day. All my birthdays have been that way. I like celebrations. I absolutely love them infact. Be it birthdays or anniversaries, I want a big celebration. If someone tries to ruin an important day of mine I would loathe them for life. A happy occasion is something that needs to be cherished and I love to celebrate all important days of ours. We celebrate the anniversary of the day we met, the day I said yes, the day we got engaged, the day we got married - and this we celebrate every month. Yeah, call us crazy if you want but Cal and I are generally very happy people. Someone once told me that a husband would run behind his wife for six months after marriage. Once the fancy wears out, he would not even look at her. I would give anything to see the look on their face today.
I turned twenty nine this eighth. Just a year to go before I hit the big three oh. Do I fear growing old? No. The only time I freaked out about growing old was when I stepped into twenty from my teens. After that, age stopped bothering me. I have become more mature and wise over the years and I'm very happy with the changes that I see in myself today. This was the fourth birthday of mine that I was celebrating with Cal and it was more beautiful than ever. It was a bit quiet though as I was sick and exhausted throughout. Twenty nine years and this is the first time I have been unwell on my birthday. I can handle any amount of physical pain, but nausea and exhaustion drained every bit of energy from my body. The fever tired me, and if I had any energy pending, it was consumed in coughing. So was it enough to dampen my birthday spirits? No way! When you are blessed with a wonderful husband like mine, sickness cannot hold back a celebration.
Sharp at midnight, our door bell rang and there was a cake at our doorstep. Rich, creamy, lychee cake. I normally am not a big fan of cakes and pastries as I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but a cake with lychee in it was too tempting to say no to. It was just us and we had a beautiful romantic moment. Emotions, words and love flowed freely and it was one of the best moments of my life. Love indeed is a magic potion. It has the capacity to heal anything. Cal had planned the day perfectly. We rose early and went out for a kick ass breakfast. I love English breakfasts and Cal took me to a wonderful place for some great fluffy omelettes, pancakes and toast. Since I tired out easily, Cal had planned a busy day but left the evening free so that I could rest. How thoughtful of him! No wonder I married the man. After a scrumptious breakfast, we headed back home where I took my medications and relaxed for a while. If I was feeling exhausted and woozy earlier, I was no longer feeling it now.
Knowing my craze for the MI series, Cal had booked tickets for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. We went in for the noon show and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. My throbbing head did not stop me from going ga ga over Ethan Hunt. He has aged a lot since the first MI movie, but the charm still remains intact. I've had a crush on Tom Cruise since Top Gun. We headed back home after the movie and spent some good time together. Cal pampers me twice as much when I'm sick. To such an extent that I get worried. He gets so upset and worried that I'm sick that it breaks my heart to watch him. If he falls sick, I lose my mind worrying about him all the time. And when I fall sick, the same thing happens to him too. And I feel all guilty about what he has to go through because of me. He is the perfect life partner who helps me with everything. If it wasn't for him, I would have ended up brooding and sulking all day on my birthday.
A couple of friends visited us that evening and we had a wonderful time. It was peaceful and simple. By the end of the day all the people who mattered to me had wished me. Be it from different parts of the country or from different countries altogether. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. My friends from school, college, work and the writing world were all there to give me their best wishes. The day couldn't have been more better. I did receive a lot of gifts but the most important thing that I received that day was love. From my partner and all the others who came together to wish me. There was nothing else that I needed. The birthday turned out to be more than perfect, all thanks to a treasure hunt organized by Cal to keep me active and busy. He hid 29 notes all over the house and I had to hunt for them. I found 28 - the last one I only found today morning, that was hidden inside my work laptop.
Since Friday I was on a sick leave, I was away from my laptop for three whole days. I missed a couple of writing assignments and some good money, but health always comes first for me. This digital detox was important in more ways than one. It gave me more than enough rest. I'm not a person to sit idle, but this time I was too exhausted to do anything. I just let go and relaxed my body, mind and soul. I did this until Sunday and today morning I woke up feeling all refreshed and completely healed. Cal too became normal on seeing me fine and I was more than glad to see the bright smile on his face. The worry I caused him hurt me more than the pain that I was going through. That is what they call love, I guess.
So now that I'm back and kicking strong, I've decided that the birthday celebrations must continue all month. This birthday was one of the best that I have had and I intend to make the celebrations last longer this time.
As I'm inching towards thirty, all I want from life is love and peace of mind. If I have these two by my side, I know that I can conquer the world.