“Our revered teachers can bite, too” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kimberley Wolfe by © Cyndal Lorch

“I’ve known Kimberley for a few years now, and if there’s anything I know about her, it’s that she has a wildly fun and adventurous spirit. So naturally, a typical portrait shot would not suit her in the least.

When discussing ideas for her shot, we had to make a quick change of plans the morning of, and of course the alternative was none other then a climbing gym. She’s not one to sit at home on the couch while life happens around her; she is out there making it happen for herself. If you ever need an adventure buddy, or just some ideas on cool things you can go out and do, she is definitely one to call. I love this woman, as I’m sure most of her friends would say too. Thank you Kimberley for supporting our project with such zeal!” – Cyndal L

Image by © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Kimberley

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I can’t say that I have one singular “best birthday”. Rather, the birthdays that are most memorable to me are the ones that I spent surrounded by friends who came out to celebrate with me and kiss goodbye to the previous year and welcome the year to come. Whenever I am surrounded by friends and people to laugh and share my experiences with, those moments live with me and become my most meaningful memories.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst birthday I have ever had was my 30th birthday. I distinctly remember being alone that year in a city where I knew no one and having nobody to celebrate the turning of the decade with. I deliberately went to bed immediately after work that day dismayed by the dawning of a new decade.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. I don’t really have a present that has surprised me per se. However, my most meaningful birthday gift was the ring my father gave to me when I was 13 years old. It was a beautiful ring and to this day my only real piece of jewellery. It never leaves my finger as it is a constant reminder of my father who has since passed away. I only wish I had fully appreciated its worth to me the day he gave it to me. That ring taught me, long after it was given to me, that gifts are a reflection of the person giving them.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. No. However, I make it a point to do and eat whatever my heart desires on my birthday.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Being surrounded by people who bring you happiness is undeniably the most important aspect of celebrating the coming of a new year.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. If only I had the ability to establish traditions. That would require some level of planning and routine. Two things that simply don’t exist in my life management vocabulary.