A heaping portion of my favorite people in the world are descending upon Mexico City today. Family. Family of friends. It was my mad, grand idea to celebrate turning 50 this way. A reunion of the clan. It’s the destination wedding that may still happen, but just in case…

Maybe it is the altitude that has me a wee bit wobbly at the moment. Maybe it’s the anticipation and nerves of gathering the essential threads of my life together this way. It’s been quite a narrative these last years. Not just for me. For all of us. I don’t fear turning 50 as much as I fear losing my passion for life and living. And nothing restores one’s faith in the world better that being with the people that love you most.

So, we celebrate more than a birthday. We celebrate our being this unified front, regardless of the changes or struggles we face on the daily. We celebrate all that is us and the lessons we have all lived and learned.

Many years ago, I went to see a musical retrospective of John Kander & Fred Ebb’s iconic work, “And the World Goes ‘Round.” The great Marin Mazzie was featured in the cast. One song stands out then and now, for even more profound reasons. I was in my early, roaring 20’s then. Today, it’s lyrics are eerily prescient. I “get” this song now. It’s about the wisdom gained by life experience, of surviving intact.

“Sometimes you’re happy
And sometimes you’re sad
But the world goes ’round

And sometimes you lose
Every nickel you had
But the world goes ’round

Sometimes you’re dreams get broken in pieces
But that doesn’t matter at all

Take it from me, there’s still going to be
A summer, a winter, a spring and a fall

And sometimes a friend starts treating you bad
But the world goes ’round

And sometimes your heart breaks
With a deafing sound

Somebody loses, and somebody wins
And one day it’s kicks
And it’s kicks in the shins
But the plant spins
And world goes round and round…”

The unforgettable Ms. Mazzie, a cherished Broadway star who continues her fight with ovarian cancer, performed the song recently. It is a plaintive, but determined version. I am reminded as to why we fight to make life better. Of never losing that focus, even when we are faced with physical or emotional challenges. Cancer or depression. Determination matters with any diagnosis or any stage in life. The world will turn with or without us. But while it has us in its thrall, sing that glorious song of being human and alive.

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