H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y

M   A   R   C   O

We were going to buy you the new IPad for your
birthday but it will only be available on March 16.
So we had decided to preorder it.
But then we thought why not let him
order it so he can get exactly what he wants.
And in case you really don’t want an IPad,
go ahead and buy whatever you like.
We love you and miss you.
We hope you have a great day today and always.
Love you
Mom and Dad

I sent you this once before but I
really like it and really believe it!

(except the part about being frustrated
about the kids. I was never frustrated
about the kids, well maybe once or twice!)

“Dance like no one's watching,
Sing like no one’s listening,
Love like you've never been hurt,

Work like you don't need money,
And live every day as if it were your last."

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.
After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.
We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together,
when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
Alfred D. Souza said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have.
And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time ... and remember that time waits for no one...

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids, until your kids leave the house,
until you start work, until you retire,
until you get married, until you get divorced,
until Friday night, until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter,
until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on, until you've had a drink,
until you've sobered up, until you die,
until you are born again to decide that there
is no better time than right now to be happy...

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

This girl singing is one of the finalists
on American Idol.
She is 16 years old