This time last year, we were getting ready to move and my birthday wasn’t even hardly a thought in my mind. It was just another day out of 365, nothing more. And while my birthdays have never been that big of a deal to me, it was a bit disappointing to be so consumed by life that I didn’t even hardly take the time to celebrate. The only major thing I did was write a 28 before 28 list – a list that is now, a year later, only half crossed of. Most of which was by accident and not because I was actively working towards a common goal.
This year, I’m celebrating on the beach. It will be the first time I’m away from home for my birthday and I’m good with that. No fuss. No dealing with the happy birthday phone calls from people I rarely talk to. Nothing but sun, sand, drinks, and food with my favorite person. Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?!
And this year, there will be no list of goals that I hope to accomplish. This year is about embracing myself and for me, that means taking life as it comes – not setting myself up for yet another list that is only half crossed off. We’re working on our bucket list while we’re on vacation, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years now. And I can’t think of anything else that embraces who I am more than some much needed time away from our busy life with the person I love most and dreams of crazy awesome things I want to do before I die.
So while turning 28 today isn’t going to do much more than add another official year to my days on this Earth, I’m good with that. In fact, I’m really good with that. And I’m looking forward to the simpler, more intentional year ahead of me.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday?