If anyone deserves to be celebrated, it’s this guy above. The epitome of everything good in life, and the most selfless person I’ve ever met. Last weekend I threw a little surprise party for Mike at The Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale for his 30th birthday. I always thought that 30 seemed so old. Now that Mike has hit it and it’s creeping up on me next year, I’ve realized that it really is the prime of your life! We don’t feel old, yet, and really all of the good stuff is just getting started.
Every year, I think of how much has changed since the birthday before. It’s easy to take the time we have for granted, take our opportunities and lives for granted, and sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge that we’re even worth celebrating at all. As each year goes by, if you don’t fully accept and appreciate who you are and what you have accomplished, suddenly life with be over and you will have missed the ride.
Here are 3 Things You Should Promise Yourself Before Your Next Birthday:
1: To Celebrate Yourself, and Your Life- If I hear one more person say, “I don’t like birthdays, I hate celebrating mine,” I’m going to throw the largest surprise party ever demised for that individual. Your birthday is for celebrating your life. It’s for celebrating the life you have lived, the life you are now living, and the life that your future self will live. Allow yourself to recognize how important you are, and the impact that you make on the world around you. If this is a struggle for you, have close friends and family write you a letter for your birthday. Reading what they say about you will allow you to humbly celebrate yourself . You are a force for all things good in this world, but if you aren’t able to have open eyes to that, you will not be able to spread yourself and your talents the way you need to.
2: To Make A List Of The Most Important Life Events Since Your Last Birthday- Keep this up for ever age. Journal it. Put it in a place where you will see it. Tracking your growth, seeing how you better handle situations with each year that passes, and how blessings come in the most unexpected and miraculous ways will keep your eyes for life fresh and new. I always have bench mark moments that I associate with different years in my life, and set goals to do “x” before “this age”. When I look back and see that I was able to accomplish that particular thing, I get really excited for the year ahead. It also allows me to reevaluate goals in my life that I haven’t yet hit, or sometimes change my path because I’m focused on a different future than I was a year ago. Document your successes, your failures and your triumphs over life.
3: To Try Something New: Why is it, that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become? Routines seem to get engraved into our brains, making it hard for new dreams and experiences to take root, while we miss out on experiences that could add so much color and happiness to our daily lives. Right now, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of something new you want to experience? Make that the new thing you’re going to do before your next birthday. You owe it to yourself. Something else I’m trying to add into this one is to go to a new place every year. This could even be in your own city. For me, exploring different cultures and life with my family brings so much intangible happiness that it is a tradition I hope we are able to do every year for the rest of our lives.
Aging is the one thing that we have in common. There is no escaping getting older. What sets us apart is the way we age, and what we fill our lives with from one birthday to the next. Make a promise to yourself that you will start filling your life with what you want in it. And happy, happy birthday to you…whenever that day is.