A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!
I love birthdays. For me it’s like your own personal New Years Day! A true celebration of another year ahead. A time to pat yourself on the back for the things you’ve accomplished and reflect on all of the good and not so good things that have happened this past year.
It’s a time to be grateful for what you do have. A day where you get to wish for anything you want, and it will of course come true 😉
A time to set new goals. Wipe the slate clean, if you’d like, and just dive in.
For this reason, my birthday is also a pretty emotional time for me. For one, I have this weird relationship with age. When I turned 10 I cried hysterically because I was now “in the double digits”. I don’t know if it’s a fear of getting older or something else, something deeper. Maybe it goes into; have I done enough this year, was I successful enough this year, was I just good enough this year…”I’m ___ years old and I’ve only done ____. How am I ever going to ___.” Overachiever? I don’t know, maybe.
But now I’m realizing so much of this is about presence. When I’m truly present, I notice it’s harder to find things to regret or dwell on down the road thus leading to a more “successful” feeling later. When I am present, I have complete awareness of my environment, my choices, my words, etc. Being present, always, as often as possible generally leads to amazing things.
Whenever you feel yourself drifting, come back – notice, feel, and see the whole journey. Even the parts you may not like so much. It’s all important and it all means something, even though you may not be sure what.
Life is delicate, so I believe that each year that you get to celebrate your birthday, really celebrate it! It doesn’t have to be a big birthday bash, but DO YOU! Be grateful and be present, forgive yourself, meditate, maybe buy yourself something nice. (I just bought myself a Spin Bike)
Aging is inevitable. So instead of dwelling and freaking out that “we’re all getting old”, let’s all try to embrace it and note that we’re all getting wiser in this journey we call life. Just be sure every moment counts.