What is one thing you have that can never change or be taken away from you? Your birthday! It happens every year on the same date and, as we get older, many of us choose to ignore it and let the day go by rather than pay attention and give the day the importance and celebration that it deserves.
Your birthday should matter in your life because it is the start of a personal new year and should be celebrated as New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1. If your birthday happens to fall on January 1, there is a two-fold reason for celebration. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions with the intention of keeping them only to find we get busy or discouraged and lose interest or momentum. Your birthday is another opportunity to set resolutions for your personal new year. It’s also a chance to look back on the past year since your last birthday and decide what’s working and what’s not working as well as what you want to keep and remember and what you want to discard and forget. Take a moment on your birthday whether you celebrate it or not, to set three achievable goals for your personal year. On the first day of every month, check your progress toward achieving these goals. If you achieve them before your next birthday, set three more goals. Your next birthday will arrive and you will have so much to celebrate.
Your birthday is the one day of the year where you should check in with yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Some people choose their birthdays to visit their health care practitioner for an annual checkup or use it as a day of pampering and relaxation. Others take their birthday as a mental health or vacation day from their work. Ask yourself: How am I feeling? Do I feel healthy, happy and fulfilled in my personal and professional lives? If the answer is yes, feel grateful and fortunate that you are in a great place in your life. If the answer is no, start thinking about the small changes that you can make so that you can soon get to a healthier and happier place in your life.