So I am now 31 years old. I had an amazing birthday! Quieter that usual, but I think I needed that too. Do I feel older? Yes. Do I feel wiser? Naw, hahahaha!!
I will get the Nerding Out and Philosophy Sunday part of this post over with first.
31–3+1=4, the 4 vibration, according to Numerology, is the “Teacher” and is commonly misconstrued as an unlucky number (13–1+3), but it is, in fact, a Karmic number. For those of you who do not know the meaning and connotations of Karma:
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
informaldestiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
Not that I put a huge amount of faith into Numerology, Karma, and the like, I do enjoy considering its merits! In this particular definition, it mentions “previous states of existence.” If what I understand is correct, then for those that believe in reincarnation–that your soul is born into a lifetime more than once–this means that I will have built up my level of Karma in a previous lifetime.
Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Hindu religion.
If there is Karma, and there is reincarnation, then I believe, however, that although my past-lives might have generously contributed to my current state of affairs, I will not have to wait for my next life to be rewarded for any good Karma I may have accumulated. At least I hope not, hahaha! So here’s to hoping that I have stocked up on some good Karma, that I can use it in this lifetime, and year 31 is a lesson in happiness and fruition of dreams and goals!
On my birthday, my brother and I explored some new places in Downtown Denver, and I do have to say that the hippie-esque bohemian artsy vibe that has recently imbued the city is a pleasant atmosphere! The city seems cleaner, people seem nicer, and Denver seems to be a more inviting place for the masses to visit. Being a native, I have seen and heard about the darkside of the city; have enjoyed the tasteless jokes frequently made about the clientele that Colfax pays homage to….but, for now, it seems as if all of that nonsense has been joyfully swept under the rug. I even picked up a map highlighting the upscale joints nestled in the crowded recesses of East Colfax Avenue, and was pleasantly surprised to see such fancy-pants places.
As for myself, my brother and I visited two places on Colfax that we had heard so much about, but had never visited. The first stop? Voodoo Doughnuts!!! OMG what an overwhelming and delicious place! I got a “Raspberry Romeo” for my papa, and a classic “Voodoo Doll” for myself! My brother must have zeroed in on the maple, because he got the “McMinville Cream” and, of course, the “Bacon Maple Bar” topped with maple frosting and two strips of bacon!! Absolutely delightful!!
Then we went to the Kavasutra Kava Bar, where “Alcohol is so 2014!” There they serve Kava Tea, an all natural anti-anxiety and relaxant, and Kratom, and all natural pain reliever. He literally handed us a bowl of swamp water garnished with a wedge of pineapple, but I would drink that swamp again in a heartbeat! It was a hole-in-the-wall bar, but it was so chill–a BBC special about Panda’s on the television and swing music on the radio–and everyone talking quietly and laughing jovially! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the partaking of alcohol, but I think this is the best bar I have ever been too!
Overall, even though it was definitely tame compared to some birthdays that I have had (for example, the Iron Maiden concert for my 28th, or Mouth House Metal House for my 27th, etc), it was thoroughly enjoyable! And the best part? Hanging out with my little brother. If you have read any of my previous posts, then you know that I am seven years older than him. I wanted him. I wanted a little brother, and I had to wait a long time for him. Tony II is all grown up now, and he has got to be one of the coolest, sweetest, deepest, funniest, most amazing people I have ever been blessed to meet! I try to take some credit for how he turned out, but there is some debate on what can be attributed to me and whether or not it’s a good thing, hahahaha! Either way, I am truly blessed to have him as a brother, and he did his sister proud with my impromptu birthday celebration this year!! Thanks Bro!!