In honour of my friend, Trish, who passed away earlier this year, I decided to throw a “I’m not 40 yet!” birthday party. My theme for the party was celebrating life; Trish certainly lived life to the full and made the most of any and every opportunity to have a good time.
Now, I shall say, right from the outset that I am a party girl….I love nothing more than music, a little bit of dancing and some great conversation with friends. So, the idea of a party is not daunting and I have thrown one or two (!) before, so I was feeling quite calm about the whole thing. Until….
I awoke on the day with a rather nasty headache – you know, one of the borderline migraine (if you are a migraine sufferer like me, you know what I am talking about) ones that make you feel sick and sure that your head is going to explode spectacularly.
The cake was not at all what I had ordered and there was no way of changing it, as well as having to go back to the shop after getting home and realising they had not given us the right spray for the top.
The catering that was to be delivered, wasn’t – and we had to go pick it up.
The overnight sleeping arrangement we had for our two noisy dogs didn’t work out (meaning we now had to manage their barking and potential escape attempts out the open door when guests arrived or left).
Certain people couldn’t make it on the day, which disappointed me more than I was willing to admit.
Oh and did I mention I had a splitting headache?!?!?!
Feeling a little frazzled and disappointed with how it was all panning out, I muttered to myself that this party was supposed to be all about celebrating life. And that’s when it hit me. This party was all about life. With all it’s ups and downs, disappointments, sudden changes and need for adaptation – the party was turning out exactly like life!
As was touched upon in a recent post, it’s the valleys and mountain tops that make up life. One without the other just wouldn’t satisfy, no matter how much we rail against the trials and dark times we go through.
So, instead of wallowing in the things that had gone wrong, I decided to embrace them and roll with the punches because after all, life really is a party 🙂