This month, I got another year older, and I thought about all the people who dread their birthdays. I was saddened by the thought. My husband could easily tell you that I’m like a small child about my birthday even at 34. I wouldn’t disagree with him either.
Each day we wake can be a great day. This doesn’t mean we won’t have some ups and downs along the way, but we are living life and that is a great thing. Birthdays should be extra special days. I believe that they should all be celebrated with vigor. We got up that morning and we’ve survived another year of our life. It may have been a hard year, but we made it. It may have been a fantastic year, and we may be over the moon to see what comes next. They are all worth celebrating on the only day of the year that is meant just for you, and I believe you should celebrate that.
As a 5-year-old, we thought it was going to take forever to become 6. We thought 30 was old. We thought a lot of things that don’t make sense to us now. We also thought our birthday was magical. It was a day when we bounded out of bed for something special brewing in the kitchen. It was the kind of day that felt extra special. Why do we lose that as an adult? Is it because of our new responsibilities? Do we lose out on the joy we experienced in childhood because we are #adulting? Well, I’m here to tell you that we shouldn’t let that get in our way.
Birthdays are special. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 105. I want you to all think back on how much loss you had last year. I want you to think about the people in your life who you’d love to celebrate one more birthday with, and I want you to think about the last time there was an actual celebration for them. Did they really enjoy their birthdays? Do you really enjoy your birthday? I’m not saying that we have to have HUGE bashes every year to celebrate getting another year older, but I am suggesting that it makes a whole lot of sense to do something extra special for your day.
Personally, I have birthday cake for breakfast on my birthday. I go out of my way for mac n cheese waffles to celebrate, or I go to my celebration place. In LA, we always went to Antonio’s.
My challenge to you this year is to enjoy your birthday. I want you to wake up and celebrate. I want you to do something that you want to do even if makes everyone else groan. I want you to look like a kid in a candy store. These memories of you in bliss over your special day will stick with those around you long after your gone. Plus, we all have to think about the fact someday we won’t be able to celebrate those days either. Do we really want to go onto the great beyond without having lived life to the fullest?
How did you celebrate your last birthday? Why should we enjoy getting older?