The 32nd Year: A Reflection

I am in the 32nd year of my life journey even though the gray in the front of my locs won’t let me be great. I just had a birthday (5/26) and I am usually quiet around this time. (And yes, I do admit this is my pitiful way of explaining why *aside from author Interviews* I have not been very active on this blog). But while I have not spoken much about it or posted many pictures, I enjoyed myself and I cannot say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of love from social media.

Like I would expect anyone to be, I am always excited about my birthday and pretty much think about it up until the day passes, though I am also usually quiet around this time because I also approach birthdays from a reflective point of view. I don’t celebrate holidays, but I do honor, acknowledge, and value birthdays. It’s not something I take for granted or shrug off as a non-important since this is the day when the power of all powers decided I was worthy of entering the world. Stitching me together in my mother’s womb and commanding it to hold me there until it was time to give birth.

Another birthday means another year has passed. I am quiet because I look back on the past year to see how I’ve grown and to be grateful for who I am, where I am and whose I am. I review my goals and the action steps needed to accomplish them. Am I moving or standing still? And if I am moving and if I am standing still is this reality or perception? I know that there is no greater deception than self-deception so it’s important to me to honestly and realistically reflect on my life, my progress, and my purpose since I do not intend to bring last year’s baggage into this new age. It’s important to me to see the good in the finished and the unfinished work. To be grateful for where I am and celebrate on the way to where I am going. Have I wasted a year, or have I taken full advantage of every day? There is much to think about and much to do.

I do not know what this year has in store for me, but I hope I can take full advantage of the day so that next year I can look back on today and know that I have done my very best to contribute to the forward movement of the world.

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I write to restore Black Historical Truth for the freedom of all people. Visit me online at and @yecheilyah on IG and Twitter.

5 thoughts on “The 32nd Year: A Reflection”

  1. Belated Happy Birthday Yecheilyah!.
    Only 32 and you’ve achieved so much in your writing……and in the words of the old Carpenter’s song…..’Only Just Begun’


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  2. Happy Birthday EC! I thought birthdays were included in your non-holiday list, but I’m glad to see it isn’t! Soooo, happy bday again, my fellow Gem! Hope this year is everything you desire ❤

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    1. Thanks!

      I wasn’t always this way (and many people who believe as I do don’t celebrate birthdays). For a long time, I didn’t celebrate anything and in many ways, I feel like Malcolm X lol…in that I have changed my perspective on many things and started over. I’ve done a lot of personal growth over the years so my walk is different from mainstream thought. I am big on not adding to or taking away from the word (Duet. 4:2) and I hate bandwagons. Once I understood sin to be a transgression of the law (1John 3:4), I also took on the belief that I won’t burden myself with refraining from doing something (biblically speaking) if there was no biblical law speaking against it. While I do not under any circumstances celebrate Holidays, (I believe they are all in honor of the Gods/Goddess we are commanded not to worship) there’s not one scripture that speaks against the celebration (or at least acknowledgement) of one’s birthday. That became a turning point in my understanding.


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