Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t particularly make a big deal of my birthday. I’m not the type of person to go around letting everyone know that it’s my birthday, and I very rarely plan anything for it because I don’t like feeling like I have to entertain people.
And I’ve come to accept that. It’s just another day and it usually feels just like the rest.
Yet still I’ve always felt that I’ve missed out on some sort of magic that people who go all out for their birthday experience. For me, that just doesn’t feel authentic.
Though, I have come to realize that just because I don’t want to engage in something that doesn’t feel authentic for me, doesn’t me I can’t celebrate myself in a way that feels right.
I think it’s a good day for me to acknowledge that just simply existing has impacted the lives of others, and probably touched people in ways I’ll never know. It’s a day where I can be thankful for the accomplishments I’ve had thus far, the lessons, and especially the growth.
I’m a different version of me than I was a year ago, or four, but at my core I’m still connected to all the previous versions of me that brought me to the here and now.
I bring all of this up because my birthday is next week, and as usual I’ve been trying to convince myself to plan something for it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
However, I am going to be thankful that I get to turn another year older and look forward to whatever this new number I get to claim has in store.
I’m so thankful for the experiences I’ve had, and can’t wait to see what’s to come.
We put so much value in numbers and make a big deal of them, that I think we sometimes forget what it’s all about. Your existence. My existence. The fact that we are alive. So embrace it! Not in a way that you think you should, but in a way that is meaningful and authentic for you.