True North

Birthdays are an interesting animal.  Unlike most, I don’t dread the day (I live in LA), I actually rather enjoy it.  In fact, the older I get the more I enjoy them…  And it’s not because of the “party” aspect either (truth be told, I much prefer celebrating someone else’s birthday)…  It’s because of the “still breathing” thing.  Something to be said about that!

Birthdays give us a moment to take stock…  To look at where we’ve been and be grateful…  But more importantly, birthdays give us a chance to recalibrate our inner compass and set ourselves back on the path of our choosing.  OUR choosing…  Because that’s what life is.  A series of choices we have made, that have brought us to the mile marker that is the day of our birth.  And for me, the best thing about that moment of recalibration is that if we don’t like something, we have the opportunity to change it.  To start a new…  Just like that little baby we were all those years ago.

So, on this day of the proverbial fresh start, I just wanted to say “Bring it on!”  Bring on the years.  I am eternally grateful for every one.  But more importantly, I wanted to say “Thank you!”  Thank you to everyone who has made my life a spectacular journey…  Thank you to the people who have held me in their hearts and believed I deserved better than what I had settled for…  Who saw the man I could be before I saw him myself…  Who knows I still have a long way to go and love me anyway…  And, thank you to everyone who has reached for my hand in the dark and led me back into the light…  My life would be nothing without you…  The people I call family.  You are greatest gift I could ever hope for.


Michael Foley


P.S.  I’d still like presents…  Just sayin’.

About the Author

Michael Foley

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Michael Foley currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passions. Writing, psychology, spirituality and politics. He has been a fierce advocate for LGBT rights since the early 80′s, during which time he was part of New York City’s Act-Up and a volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has worn many hat’s over the years including nearly a decade in Corporate America where he was an Operations Manager in the Insurance Industry (please don’t hold that against him). Today he is a produced playwright and actor who continues to support and fight for LGBT equality and the healing of the LGBT Community.