I still look forward to my birthday. With it comes the perfect excuse to do all the things I love doing and eat all the things I love eating. What also accompanies the pastry, the cake and the rhubarb and ginger gin, however, is the opportunity to reflect on the passing of time.
As we age and our vantage point grows higher, our perspective changes. We can understand more, certainly; we have more knowledge and research with which to navigate the world. We can view our choices and decisions - our successes and failures - with more objectivity. We can see how mistakes turned out for the better and how painful times improved us as people.