Friday, March 24, 2006
Return of Saturn
Twenty nine years ago today, at 2:18 a.m., I was born. Yep, today is my birthday. How am I celebrating? By going to work and going salsa dancing afterward. So far, my cat, Simba, is the only one to wish me happy birthday. He hopped on my bed to wake me and scratched the side of my face, narrowly missing my left eye. I tell ya, there's nothing like starting your birthday with dried blood on your face. My back hurts and I want to go back to bed -- these are both signs that I am slowly becoming an old woman. Or wiser woman, depending how you want to put it.
For me, today means that I have 364 days to get my life together. By the time I'm 30, I want to have a better outlook on life and finally be rid of my quarter-life crisis. Of course, by the time I'm 30 I'll probably have something else to brood about. But for my 30th birthday, I hope to be in Egypt for a vacation. That's a trip I've been fantasizing about most of my life. I guess I should start saving some money.
Anyway, I did some research on my birthday and the number 29. Here's some random facts about both in no particular order:
Rebirth of Saturn: The planet Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the sun, when it returns to the exact degree along the ecliptic it occupied at the time of a person's birth. This is called 'Saturn's Return.' Saturn is symbollically associated with challenge, fear, doubt, confusion and hard lessons. There are also some positive things like accomplishment, reflection, power, prestige and maturity. No Doubt used this phenomenon as the title to their 2000 album because lead singer Gwen Stefani's 29th birthday was occuring that year. Read more about Saturn here.
March 24 in history: In 1837, Canada gave Africans the right to vote. Greece became a republic in 1923, one year before my grandmother was born. Today is World Tuberculosis Day, which commemorates the day in 1882 that Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of the disease. There's more information about this date here.
Celebrities with my birthday: The late Norman Fell (Mr. Roper/Three's Company), designer Tommy Hilfiger, TV personality Star Jones Reynolds, and actress Lara Flynn Boyle.
Ok, it's time to go to work. Happy birthday to me!!!