"Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Birthday to Me." That's what my father used to sing on his birthday. Being the typical daughter, I would smile at him, slightly embarrassed that he would sing Happy Birthday to himself. But as I look back at my younger years, I realize that my dad was the only adult in my life who truly celebrated his birthday. All the others, my mom, grandma, aunts and uncles, would hide their age. Often they would say "I don't celebrate birthdays anymore" as if it was a terrible event.
But thanks to my father, I've always seen my birthday as a celebration. Of course, growing up in New England when November meant cold weather and brown scenery without any pretty snow to lighten the mood, any excuse was good enough for a little celebration. But to truly enjoy a birthday, it had to be my dad's way. So here are a few tips I follow when celebrating my birthday. Feel free to steal a few, if not all :-)
1) Make it all about me. This is the day I came into this world to make my mark, to add something to life on this planet and there will never be another one like me (no snickering please). It's the one day I can celebrate me! What's wrong with admitting I may have added a little value to life in general?
2) Make it about being grateful. First, I have lived to celebrate another year. Whoohoo! We all lose friends and family along our life journey, but it is our journey and we are still here. Second, look back at what I have done so far. Sure I've made mistakes, but did I learn from them? Oh yeah. Do I have regrets? A few, but I take my lessons from them and let them go. Third, I review my accomplishments, all those wonderful success I've had. Some may seem tiny to others, but they all mean something to me and thinking about them is a wonderful endeavor. I have been so lucky!
3) Make it about a new start. I gave up on New Year's resolutions a long time ago, but there is something so personal about a birthday and the fact that it is the start of a new year for me, me specifically (and all those other people born on November 6th :-). This is a chance to look at what I want the next year of my life to be about, what I want it to look like, who I want to enjoy it with. It is a new beginning!
4) Lastly, enjoy the gifts. I enjoy the gift of the day and waking up knowing it is my birthday. I enjoy the card my husband gives me that always makes me cry because it is so beautifully worded and its meaning always touches my heart. I enjoy the little and sometimes big gifts I may receive. Okay, this year was one of the best. Take a look at the photo of the gift I received from my husband! Yes, that's a 5 foot Claymore Sword. What can I say, he knows my heart :-)
I decided this year, since my blog posting fell on my birthday, that I wanted to share some of the joy of my birthday, so I am giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon. So if you like to celebrate birthdays, then leave me a comment and let me know, share your memories, make me laugh. Today is a day to celebrate and I can't wait to give away this small present.
The winner will be chosen on Wednesday. Yes, I like to string out my birthday as long as possible :-} Be sure to leave contact information if I don't have it already. I will announce the winner in the right column under WINNERS.
Happy Birthday to me! "Thanks Dad for making it such a wonderful day :-)"