On Birthdays and New Beginnings

 

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My Third Birthday Party

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Oprah Winfrey

Today is my 32nd birthday. Convention is to settle down in one’s thirties, mine started with major overhaul of my entire life. So it’s a whole new type of settling down now, but the journey’s been rewarding, and life experiences gained – priceless. 

Recently, on April 17th, it was third anniversary of Kaizen Journaling. Between that and my birthday, there are a lot of new ideas merging in my mind, new beginnings on personal level and for Kaizen Journaling. But the ideas are still marinating, and I haven’t had time to execute them yet, hence there has been no contest or other such usual post. However, stay tuned. New, exciting things are coming. 

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.

Sammy Hagar 

I like special days. I love birthdays too. Yes, you can start new things on any day of the year, but I feel like special days give one an official day to begin new things. It’s no surprise that so many people try to start something on January 1st. 

Each birthday is a new year of your life. Yes, you are growing old, but that is because you are lucky enough to still be alive. Think about the people we all know who died too young. So, each year when you can say that I’m “old”, is another year of life’s blessing. Each year accumulated is 365 days full of experiences and feelings, of days when you left your footprints in the world, touched people’s hearts. 

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

Jean Paul

Birthdays are about celebration of your life, of your being. Surround yourself with people who appreciate that, who make that little bit of effort to make you feel like they are glad that you are here, in this world, and in their lives. My plan today is to spend a lovely evening some of my very good friends, each of whom, I’m grateful for. There are other important people – unfortunately, not in the same country – whom I am not celebrating with, but they matter too. No matter how you define success, or personal satisfaction, none of it is ever enough unless you have people in your life to enjoy it with. Your birthday then is just another way to remind yourself of the people, and of the relationships that matter. 

I like birthday cake. It’s so symbolic. It’s a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just ‘Happy Birthday!’ because it’s this emblem of childhood and a happy day.

Aimee Bender

And finally, that’s what birthday is: a simple joy. A reminder to enjoy little things, to stop and just celebrate, to not be cynical about getting old or not having achieved enough or not being where we want to be – because as long as we are here, we have the opportunity to keep moving. A birthday is just another reminder that you are surviving, you are living, and that you can carry on.

So carry on…

Celebrate each year because it is worth celebrating…

and enjoy the journey. 

 

 

 

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