"I view a birthday as a personal New year. A birthday is when I take as much time as I can to pause and reflect on my past circle around the sun."
I was a little nervous about this birthday. It was my first birthday as a single gal in over 5 years and well, there's something about a birthday that creates unrealistic expectations. I imagine a perfect day starting with a great run followed by a short bit of yoga and mediation. Work would go by quickly and delightfully. I get phone calls from friends and family all day long, I'd feel great, look graceful and poised, and then I'd go out with friends for an afterwork drink and bite to eat and then I'd be in bed happily failing asleep at the perfect bed time of 8:45pm.
In reality I do have a very charmed life where the majority of that happened. No run, yoga or mediation due to a pretty yucky cold. Despite the cold that my have produced unnecessary, but involuntary tears at 7:15am (what can I say I've always had a flare for the drama), I do have wonderful friends and family that made my birthday so special. All of my friends, family and co-workers showered me with FB messages, text messages, voicemails with old high school birthday songs, cards via snail mail (my favorite!), amazing co-workers who stopped by to say happy birthday, gave me a thoughtful gift or took me to lunch, a loving friend who brought a latte to work and went on a short walk with me, another friend who left a sweet thoughtful presents on my door step. I'm even lucky enough to have a good enough relationship with my ex boyfriend that he met me for a drink and brought me a Parisian coloring book and a bright safety light for my bike.
To top all of this off, did ya'll see the sunset we had yesterday, it was nothing short of stunning. I felt like the sky put on a light show just for me.
I'm surrounded by sweet, thoughtful, caring friends. Do I wish I didn't have a cold, and could have started my new year with a run with one of my besties, then a little yoga and meditation, yes, but if that is the worst of my troubles I'm so very grateful.
This year my friends family and co-workers out did my unrealistic expectations and I couldn't be more grateful to them.
Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone you made me feel so loved and so special.
Each year at the close I like to spend time in reflection. What stands out, what went well or not so well? It helps me keep things in perspective.
The end of the calendar year always feels like a good time to check back in with myself. Take the temperature of how I'm feeling, is life going the way I want it to go?