My mom tells me that I'll stop liking my birthday as I get older, but I don't think I will. It's one of my favorite days, along with Christmas.
And it's not because I get presents, because eventually you don't. And it's not even because it's all about me, because it's not really.
Each and every year, on my birthday, I get to bring together a group of people from different aspects of my life. People I've known awhile, people I've just met, sometimes people I've never met show up too. And for that day, it's all about friends meeting friends, sharing laughs and good times, creating moments and memories.
These people bring so much to the table, they have very different backgrounds, experiences and skills that come together for a night to create some interesting conversation.
Usually it also reminds me of the people who came to birthday celebrations in years past and how much I miss some of those people but how grateful I am to be finding new friends in my new home.
To me my birthday is an annual reminder of how good I have it. Of where I've been and where I'm going. Of what I've accomplished and the work left to do.
And it's especially nice to walk into the bar you picked for your birthday gathering and have the bartender remember which beer you drank the last time you where there.
Some might look at birthdays as a mark of age and time running out, but I look at it as a chance to reflect on how far you've come in the last year. How you've changed, how you've stayed the same. And most importantly, to spend a whole day knowing exactly how many wonderful people you have in your life.
Wishes for Year 31.
So, for this year, there's a few things I want to focus on.
+ Renovation progress. I'm being open-ended and saying progress since setting some specific goal tends to set me up for disappointment on this front. It's slow going and the chicken projects diverted our attention for the summer. it seems that every time we start one project, we find so many other things we have to do before we can really do said project, so I'm counting "progress" from now on as something pretty great. Progress can be actually getting kitchen counters/cabinets that are mounted to the floor; ripping out the hideous carpet in the mudroom and putting in the tile we already bought; finishing popcorn ceiling removal or painting over the paneling in some rooms to make it tolerable until we're ready to tear it all out.
+ Operation Closet Purge. The never ending project that does bring a certain kind of peace to every day life.
+ Run another race. It can be short, or maybe a long one. Can't say I love running, but I do want to give myself a fitness goal that doesn't involve a number on the scale to get back into some of my old (good) habits of running much more regularly. I'm counting skating in this area too. We'll see if I've got the guts to try some more jumps and other moves this season.
+ Never stop learning. Work keeps me busy reading whatever new report or budget document is out and world affairs have me digging into complex topics on the fly, which can wear me down so that I want to watch mindless television at home or read silly things to give my brain a break. But after sitting in the history section at the bookstore for awhile the other day, I felt that old familiar desire to read everything and learn about everything. There's no way I'll ever know it all, but I've begun to realize what a profound thing it is to recognize how much you don't know.
+ Get things done. I'm on a few boards, involved in many projects and have work. In continuing my efforts to focus on my passions and the areas I care about most and can have the most impact, I also want to work on being more efficient and better with my time management. Less time worrying about how much I need to do, more time doing what I need to do.
+Explore. I haven't been able to leave the country in awhile, but there's so much to explore out West, north to Canada and well, everywhere. Here's to hoping we can get out an about every now and again while still working on renovations and getting everything else done. Plus, a weekend off to road trip or see something I haven't seen before always clears my mind and energizes me for all those things I need to get done.
It's going to be a great year and I'm glad to have you along for the ride!
What's your favorite thing about your birthday or favorite birthday memory? Do you set goals each year on your birthday?