What has made this day especially wonderful is that ever since my Mom started showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, back in 1994, my birthday has made me very depressed. For weeks in advance, I'd cry. Because my Mom always made a big deal about this day, and she couldn't share it with me anymore.
She passed away in April of 2005, at the age of 60.
Today was the first day in 15 years that I didn't even cry on my birthday. Didn't feel blue. Truly a victory.
So it does get better.