Reflection of my 34th Birthday

IMG_8212-1Birthdays are an important date in everyone’s life. You get one day out of the year when it CAN be all about you, so why shouldn’t you get excited about it? I obviously make no qualms about displaying my over the moon joy when my birthday comes around. In fact, I generally celebrate all month long. This year is no different. And as per usual, at the end of every birthday, I reflect on my life to regain perspective. This time, I took a whole week. 

 

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contemplating life

Seven days ago, I turned 34. I looked back to find the most poignant birthday till date, and while there have been many key birthdays that have left their mark, it was my 31st birthday which served as a turning.  My desires, goals, dreams, priorities, way of life all shifted when I turned 31, and has remained consistent ever since. I finally knew, for sure, what I wanted from life. Although I am not yet where I want to be, and often struggle with the questions of “Should I be ‘here’ at this point in my life?” “Am I doing what I need to do, to be where I want to be?” I (rather quickly) realize that whether I like it or not, I am where I need to be at this specific point in time.

 
 
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34, I’m ready!

I want to say that I’m a year wiser, but I’m not sure there is any merit to that (laughing out loud). I can’t even say there has been any significant changes in me as a person in the past year. I can only say that I consistently try to be grateful and acknowledge that I have far more than many people in this world. I try to keep perspective; it’s the single most important thing I’ve learned and one that I try very hard to keep my focus on. 

 

For a little while now, I’ve felt like I’ve been at a standstill. I know what I want but everything else seems to get in the way of me getting there. I finally accepted that if I want to do what I need to for myself, I’m just going to have to learn to put myself first. This essentially means saying a lot of “No” to others.
 

 

This year, my birthday fell on a Saturday, same as the day I was born. Naturally, I took it as a sign of big and exciting things to happen. Therefore, even though I don’t normally set concrete goals for the year ahead (life is entirely too unpredictable and the more plans you have, the more disappointment you’re setting yourself up for), I do have a few things I’d like to accomplish:
  • Focus more on myself
  • Travel better and more frequently 
  • Write better and more frequently 
  • Move to the next phase of my life 
Not too demanding, am I right?
 
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Cheers to another year!

I live my life on the notion that life is short and I don’t want to waste it moping over things I cannot change, I just want to move forward. I’ve always been very carefree and with age, I am becoming more fearless; and I love it! 

 

As you celebrate your birthday this year, I wish the very best for all of you and hope that you will take some time to focus on you.
 
Happy Birthday, world! 
 
P.S. I may have also planned by 35th birthday trip – too soon? =o)

 
 
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