Today is my birthday. And I absolutely love my birthday. And let me tell you, I am celebrating!
I woke up this morning, jumped out of bed and proclaimed “it’s my birthday!!!” Loud and proud. I’ve got my birthday buttons on while walking around at Disney. I even bought myself a birthday balloon for my house.
To some people, this may seem overly conceited or even a little crazy. Like who gets that obnoxious about their own birthday? Doesn’t that seem a little weird? Five years ago, I may have agreed with you. I may have dulled my sunshine just to be sure it didn’t hurt anybody’s eyes. No more.
I love birthdays in general. I love celebrating. I love having the chance to tell people how special they are and how blessed I feel to know them. So why not celebrate all those things about yourself?
We need to normalize the idea of loving ourselves aggressively. It’s about time we start leaning into joy, no matter how crazy it may look to other people. It’s time we own our worth and understand just how truly special we are. It’s time we say “I feel blessed to know you” to ourselves. Because I’m grateful everyday for the unique, quirky, vibrant, and compassionate person I am continuing to grow into.
Sometimes, I think it’s a little dangerous how much I like myself.
By no means am I claiming to be perfect. I’ll be the first person to admit I’ve got a number of flaws. I’ll also be the first to admit that I’ve worked really hard to get where I’m at today. I’ve done a lot of work to get to a place where I can say I truly like and love myself.
And let me just say, it feels really good to say that. I hope every person in the world gets to say wholeheartedly that they love themselves. I hope you get to celebrate yourself unconditionally and live in your joy. I hope you dance like nobody’s watching and sing songs you love in the shower and smile for no reason and enjoy your own birthday.
I hope you take a step back and look at yourself through someone else’s eyes. Admire your strength and vulnerability. Be proud of how far you’ve come. Never apologize for the person you are, no matter how many people may try to dull your sparkle.
Live your truth. Enjoy your life. Love yourself with all your heart.
I honestly haven’t stopped smiling all day. I keep getting texts and messages from people saying happy birthday. I’m spending my day doing things I enjoy with no agenda or pressure to accomplish certain tasks. I’m taking stock of all the many, many, many, many things I’m so grateful for.
I’m feeling all the love from so many people, myself included.
So here’s the birthday present I’m asking for from you? Will you take a second to do the same? Take a second to really appreciate yourself and the journey you’re going on. Take the time to say “I love you” to the person staring back at you in the mirror. You are special and you are so loved. Just make sure the first person on that list of people who love you is yourself.
All my love,