The topic this Wednesday is the Spring Equinox and HIV.
Today is April the 8th or Buddha’s Birthday. March 23 was the Spring Equinox. The March equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the March equinox like Easter and Passover. For Christians, Easter represents resurrection and eternal life. For Jews, Passover represents freedom from slavery in Egypt. We may not see this clearly in South Florida, but after the dead of winter, we get a second or another chance, birth, rebirth or freedom.
So how does this relate to HIV/AIDS? When I was diagnosed with HIV, I thought it was a death sentence. But spring came and I was still alive. In fact 26 springs have come and I’m still alive. Each spring has been a renewal of life. Life goes on. It’s not what I imagined it would be, but in many ways it’s better and I’m a better person than I was before.
How can you relate your life and HIV diagnosis to spring and the spring holidays?