So yesterday was my birthday. When I was younger I was always so excited about my birthday. It was always in the summer so sometimes we would be on vacation and celebrate it. I can remember some really amazing birthdays I had like when we were on vacation in Hawaii and I got to choose something that I wanted to do as my birthday gift. I chose surf lessons which were so much fun. Now, however, the older I get the less I want to actually celebrate my birthday. I don’t know if it is because I have a kid now and my birthday just seems less important or if it is because I am getting older.
I know a lot of people who hate celebrating their birthdays the older they get. This year since I turned 30 I really did not want to celebrate it all that much. Part of me wanted the great surprise party for this monumental birthday but then reality set in that we are busy and have a budget and I don’t want anyone to make a big fuss over something as silly as my birthday now that I am older.
I think for me the reason I really didn’t want to celebrate turning 30 is because the person who I thought I was going to be at this age is definitely not who I am. There have been things that have happened that I did not expect that have changed my life in different ways and things that I wanted and planned that have not happened and probably never will now.
I guess that is the beauty of birthdays though. They kind of force you to think about your life and take stock of what you have done and what you would have liked to have done. Then you can reassess things, set new goals, and try to achieve something great in the next year. These decade birthdays really get you to also think about the next 5-10 years as well.
I think that most of the time we have not accomplished what we think we should have by the time our birthdays role around again and as we get older we realize that we cannot get that time back. So here is to making this next year great and get back to wanting to celebrate my life and my birthday by next year!