Yesterday, I turned 26 years old. Just like that. And at 26 years old, I learned a valuable life lesson from three children. Here’s what happened..
I’ve had so much going on that I didn’t twice about planning any type of celebration. In fact, there is always something going on that diverts all of my attention from a birthday celebration, be it financial reasons, school work, or work. And then there was that time that I forgot it was even my birthday.
I would have even forgotten that yesterday was my birthday if I hadn’t gotten a plethora of calls and texts that started around 6:30 in the morning. My friends asked where was I celebrating and they seemed pretty bummed that for the 5th year in a row, I hadn’t planned anything. I figured the disappointment would surpass within a few minutes once they realized that this was nothing new for me. And it did. They accepted it and we all went back to our Mondays.
But when my children and my niece asked me what I was doing for my birthday and I replied with a “nothing”, they didn’t let it go. Apparently, they just couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t celebrate my birthday. And it dawned on me. I understood their shock and confusion.
All their lives, they’ve done something special for their birthdays. They’ve had cake, food, presents, and were glorified for the entire day. Special things were done and given to them for making it to another year on this earth. Family and friends gathered just to celebrate their lives on earth and wish for many more years to celebrate.
And here I am acting like it was a typical Monday. Like I don’t need to celebrate making it to another year on this earth or gathering with my friends and family and celebrate my life.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey
The more you PRAISE AND CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE, the more there is in life to celebrate. And I will. I’m not sure what I’m going to do but before the month is out, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done. Go somewhere that I’ve never been. Celebrate my life like I’ve failed to do within the last 5-6 years.
And all of you are invited.