Birthday reflections

Birthdays are good for you – the more you have, the longer you live.

Happy birthday to me.

No – it’s not one of the BIG ONES (that comes next year).

Birthdays are a good time to reflect on the year just completed. What kind of a year did I have? When I look back over the last year it has been one of some big highs and deep lows.


  • My first trip overseas last December and January (see my travel blog).
  • Trekking in the Himalayas
  • Seeing Mt Everest up close (20km is close when you walk in those mountains).
  • Getting some fabulous photos on my new digital camera (see my photo gallery)
  • Getting my three blogs up and running and getting steadily increasing traffic (hi everyone)
  • Getting some of my short stories published
  • Accomplishing more writing this year than ever before.
  • The depth of the relationships developed in the Bible study group I lead.


  • Being diagnosed as diabetic earlier this year
  • Struggling for months to adjust to this diabetic life (a work in progress)
  • My wife having two serious operations this year

I won’t dwell too much on the lowlights. I struggle with the wise advice to accept such things and confidently say, “This too shall pass.”

There is so much to look forward to, including the exciting potential of my blogs, some writing projects with great promise and the freedom to explore other possibilities, including the prospect of further travel next year.


2 Responses to “Birthday reflections”

  1. Rick Cockrum says:

    Happy Birthday, Trevor! If we didn’t have birthdays, I think we would invent a time of reflection. It’s our personal New Year.

    You and your wife have had one busy year, both the good and the bad of it. If I can get my wife to the Rockies one day I’ll be happy. 🙂

    I hope your wife is doing okay. And you – do whatever it takes to control the diabetes, even when you feel good. Most of my family developed it as they got older. Many of my tenants have it. If one can pick a disease to dislike, my choice is diabetes. It can cause so many other problems quietly and without fanfare. So please don’t get complacent in the future. We look forward to seeing you for many years to come.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks Rick. Things are starting to stabilise in regards the diabetes. The test results over the last two weeks show much improvement. I still have my bad days but they are becoming less frequent, thankfully.