On Monday, I celebrated my 37th birthday. I commemorated my time here on earth by doing all my favorite things:
- Sleeping in
- Reading in the backyard
- Having hashbrowns at my favorite diner
- Getting a pedicure while reading Lady Magazines
- ‘Shopping’ on Grand Avenue (aka ‘smelling candles, picking things up and putting them down, considering buying something at Anthropologie and then deciding that I could probably get a better, more interesting version at a thrift store’)
- Having cocktails with friends on the best patio in St. Paul
- Evening adventures planned by my husband
And while all those things were awesome (so awesome!) the highlight was a new birthday tradition that cost $0 and took 30 seconds.
When I woke up, I posted this on my personal Facebook page:
And the responses were wonderful. They were funny and heartfelt and amazing.
I heard from friends I haven’t talked to in almost 20 years. Buddies shared memories I’d forgotten, hilarious shenanigans I considered deleting, and sweet, meaningful things we don’t say enough. It was like a wedding toast, a high school reunion, and a eulogy … on my Facebook wall.
I’ve re-read all those sweet messages multiple times. I laughed out loud and read them to my husband. I got weepy for the person I used to be. Truly, I want to print off these memories and tuck them somewhere for one of those grumpy, overcast days when I’m convinced my work is unimportant and my hair looks terrible.
It was, hands down, the best birthday present – and I gave it to myself.
And you can, too!
We all need reminders to tell people how awesome they are and how much we love them. Why not use your birthday as that reminder?