Every year on the day of my birth, I perceive my day differently than all the others. I am intentional about caring for myself, enjoying each moment, and doing what feels good. There’s not a thing that’s hedonistic about the day—I just take the time to savor it.
My birthday is essentially a sacred day, and so are all birthdays in my family. We honor each other and take care of ourselves in special ways.
Today, my actual birthday is months in the past, so just thinking about my birthday today would have been unusual, except for a post I noticed on Instagram by Marianne Williamson—speaker, guru, and writer of “A Return to Love.” She’s an amazing woman. And it’s her birthday today.
She posted the picture you see and wrote this, “I don’t know this little girl’s name; only that she and her family were captured and she and her family were captured and she perished in the Holocaust. Today is my birthday, and I am profoundly aware of my good fortune in this life. I dedicate and rededicate my life to this little girl and those all those like her, who did not and do have opportunities like I do.”
That post reminded me of what a gift this life is—to be free to make choices, be myself, and have everything I could ever need. So today and everyday, I will imagine it is my birthday.
I will take the time to enjoy waking up in a comfortable bed beside a loving and kind husband. I will inhale deeply with healthy lungs and clean air. I enjoy the running warm water as I shower, smelling the lavender shampoo I purchased at a store just up the road.
I savor each bite of my breakfast along with all the food that is plentiful in my pantry. I pet my cat as he purrs and rubs against my leg—his fur luxuriantly soft. I remember that in ancient Egypt cats were sacred. I smile watching my healthy and happy son read a book.
I write in my journal with my pink pen thinking of how happy I am that I can read, write, and see. I look around my home to see the lush plants and hear the birds singing outside, knowing I am safe, sheltered, and comfortable sitting on my window seat.
Today I savor being alive and tomorrow I will too.
Today, can be your birthday too if you choose it. Every day that we’re alive should be so. So Happy Birthday, dear friend, Happy Birthday! Let’s celebrate being alive together.