Birthdays are good for you

18 Jul

Have you ever met those people who celebrate their ‘birthweek’ rather than their birthday? You know, the “I can eat cake and ice cream everyday; I can go to the bars on a Monday afternoon even though I have to work tomorrow and my birthday’s not until Saturday; I can wear a sparkly tiara and a shirt that says ‘I’m the birthday girl’ just because this is the week I was born” kind of people? Or maybe you are one of those people (if so, I apologize for calling you out). Maybe writing a blog post stating that this is my ‘birthweek’ makes me “one of those people,” but nonetheless, I will be turning 23 this Friday. There will be no sparkly tiaras or birthday shirts for me. Well, just not until Friday, at least ;).

The thought of my upcoming birthday brings up another subject- how quickly time goes by. I have spoken about this before, as I currently have a lot of time to sit with my thoughts during this in-between stage of life that Gabriela so often refers to as limbo. It’s so easy to wish away the present, hoping that life will just fall into place, that the future will work itself out. But the truth is, this time is all we have. There is no time but the present to make things happen. Just yesterday, I was telling my mom that I didn’t really care what we did for my birthday this year, that 23 is an insignificant age. Then today, I woke up realizing that I should be grateful for another birthday. Because the fact that I have the opportunity to celebrate another birthday is significant.

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I am going to use this week to get organized, to remember what’s important in my life, and to remind myself that my 23rd year of life can be one the best yet, if I just let myself enjoy each moment. This includes finding the time for the important, but simpler things in life.

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And on Friday, I will celebrate.

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Do you enjoy celebrating your birthday (or birth week)?

How do you remind yourself to live life to the fullest?

 

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10 Responses to “Birthdays are good for you”

  1. Mallory @ It's Only Life After All July 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Happy Birthday week! I, too, was never one of those people who flaunted it was their birthday (especially on the days it actually WASN’T their birthday). I always found it kind of obnoxious and narcissistic.

    BUT, you should go all out on the day! And of course receive special treatment from your boyfriend all week (that’s what they’re for, right? 😉 )

    I don’t have anything specific I do besides eat a tonnn of cake!! I love getting together with a few close friends.

  2. Jess July 18, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I celebrate my birthweek with different parties with family and friends, and extra cake! I hope you have a good one!

    And you are right— each birthday is significant!

  3. runningismagical July 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I am in full support of celebrating your ‘birthweek’. You work hard all year and deserve the time to celebrate YOU with all of your family and several sets of friends. Everyones schedules differ – so its easier to spread it out over the course of a week 😉

    Usually my close girlfriends and sisters remind me to give myself a break and live life to the fullest. And I think thats part of why they are in my life!

  4. Mel (mmmstories) July 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Love your outlook! I also realized this year that birthdays can feel like such a weight on your shoulder with the whole “omg I’m so old” feeling — but they’re so much more enjoyable when you appreciate each moment of them!

    Sounds like your “birthweek” is off to a great start — here’s to much love and happiness in your 23rd year!!

  5. Vanessa July 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Ah, birthdays are my FAVORITE! It’s a time when you can outwardly celebrate and be rewarded for being you!!!! I think the best part of birthdays is how they can bring all the people you love together — whether or not they all know each other — for the sole person of sharing their love for you on your special day! It’s soo magical 🙂

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