I hate admitting to this, but when my birthday rolls around, I want something spectacular to happen. Camping trips, themed parties, a rip-roaring rumpus! Dancing into the early morning, moonlight hikes, and being a little reckless! I know, I know… but what can I say…in my opinion, birthdays should be a massive celebration!
Last year, my Pinnacles family flew me out to California to participate in a week long celebration of rock-climbing, motorcycle rides, amazing home cooked meals, a ton of beer drinking, and the amazing, honorary film festival bequeathed to me in solidarity for the eyesight I had lost in an ugly accident just 6 months before.
The poster for my film festival. I have some kick-ass friends.
This year I wasn’t so sure how things were going to work out. I had resigned myself to a low-key day, possibly sitting at a local hang-out in the evening after class, sipping on a Singha and watching the Thai version of “So, You Think You Can Dance.”
Not exactly how things went down…
I was immediately whisked off to several wats where, tradionally, Thais spend their birthdays. Praying to Buddha for good fortune and luck in this new year of life is not something I ever thought I would experience, so I openly embraced it.
Wat Mahathat Woravihara
I talked with a monk who had the kindest face.
I received my fortune by shaking out a stick with a number on it. My number was 15. You then collected your fortune with the corresponding number.
Loose translation of #15 given by Ajan Surasit:
*make everything and marketing very good
*if pregnant, son
*if single, have boyfriend or marries
*if something disappear, can find
*very good luck
*if ill, improve
*if credit, debit
*very happy all day all night
*if wish/wants/needs to others, my wishes/wants/needs will come to me
Wat Yai Suwannaran
Ajan Surasit gave me a pendant for good luck and protection.
Got to see rich, golden historical paintings.
Fed huge fish in coi pond.
Lunch with Thai colleagues.
Birthday cake with some students.
What a damn fine day.