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Tuesday March 10, 2015
It’s my birthday and you know how I am about celebrating. I wake up every day happy that I’m just, like, breathing and stuff, so you can imagine how much I like celebrating being alive on the anniversary of my birth. It’s a gorgeous day in Minnesota. Here’s how I’m spending my day.
Let’s talk about the weather
I often criticize people for caring about, and talking about, the weather so much. I mean come on, it’s just the weather! Deal with it.
But man, it is seriously one of the nicest days I’ve ever experienced in Minnesota. It’s sunny, pleasant, and in the 60s. For perspective the average high for today is in the 30s and I’ve seen plenty of snow storms and sub-zero temperatures on birthdays past.
What makes it so great is that the hearty folks in Minnesota (if there are any left) have earned this by dealing with a long winter, even if it wasn’t as cold or snowy as it often is. Makes you appreciate it all the more. I see it as God’s first birthday present to me. For the second, see the third ramble below.
I’ve been dealing with a little bit of anxiety for a variety of reasons recently. I don’t talk about it because it’s dreadful boring, but it mostly has to do with my lack of ambition. Since it’s my birthday today, though, I decided to forget about all that and just do what makes me happy.
So this morning I laid in bed with my bedroom window open, sun shining on me, and listened to George Harrison’s masterpiece All Things Must Pass on my Dad’s original vinyl copy. The beauty of this weather, relaxing, and the music was something like I imagine heaven is like.
God’s second birthday present to me was my favorite baseball player, knuckleballer/writer/lover of literature/nice Christian guy R.A. Dickey pitched against my team, the Minnesota Twins. I wasn’t able to watch it but I did listen to it while lying in the sun. He pitched okay, giving up only two runs in four innings, and he even showed us a little of the new changeup he’s been working on. Those who know me know how obsessed I am with R.A Dickey so it was really special to me.
I’m celebrating because it’s my birthday, but it’s really worthwhile to celebrate every day. So take some time to celebrate being alive today. Do something fun. Do something that makes you happy. It might be cliché, or square, but we only have this life, so make the most of it.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.