It has been a wildly busy week for me. One chapter came to an end. Next week I begin a new adventure. Somewhere in the middle of all that (yesterday) I turned 33. Then there was dropping off and picking up from the airport, checking out illustrators for my book cover, and getting out with my friends. Oh, and a massage. After all, I deserve to pamper myself.
Another Turn Around the Sun
Something about birthdays makes me feel like it’s time to take stock. Have I met a goal or two? Have I begun to act on goals I set at the beginning of the year? Since my last birthday? How can I move the needle, even just a little bit, in order to keep striving towards living my best life? Also, am I releasing what no longer serves me, be it an outdated idea or way of thinking, a job, or just stuff I really don’t need?
It’s important to celebrate everything, even the endings. Can you imagine anything worse than just numbly marching on and on, never stopping to look and really see how far you have come? What has changed? How brave you have been? Living life well, in brilliant colour, it takes serious chutzpah, my friends. Don’t brush off your next birthday as if it’s no big deal.
Create a Celebratory Ritual…
…Or three. Even if you’d rather forget about the number of candles, make sure that you’re acknowledging your journey. Even if you’re on your own when your birthday rolls around, find ways of making your big day bright and special.
Maybe your ideal day would be getting to sleep in, followed by a leisurely breakfast in your finest pyjamas or loungewear. Maybe you follow that up with a little spa treatment for yourself, even just a mudpack at home, flipping through your favourite magazine (without interruptions, please). What about buying yourself a little bouquet of flowers, or a new dress that you wear on your special day? How about having a favourite treat on hand, like a magnificent birthday cupcake? or chocolates from a local chocolatier? Make plans with your friends. Delight in cooking -or ordering in- your most favourite meal. Light candles, set the table, make a fuss of yourself.
One word of warning, though, once you start, you can’t stop. You’ll be looking for things to celebrate. In the words of the great Mel Brooks, playing Rabbi Tuckman in probably my favourite movie, “Robin Hood, Men in Tights”:
~Wait a minute! There’s things here! There’s rocks, there’s trees, there’s birds, there’s squirrels. Come on, we’ll bless them all until we get vashnigyered! Join Me!~