Every year, my birthday marks the First Day of Summer ( officially) here in US. This year it’s Father’s Day , World Music Day and International Yoga Day too.
I take my birthday as an opportunity to rethink my life. A gentle reminder to reflect upon how well I’m fulfilling my life’s purpose. Am I spending my time properly or am I involved in things that distract me from achieving my personal goals ? What are the things I’m doing to stay positive and and what are the ways I can further decrease negativity in my life?
Here’s what I have tried in last one year :
Turned vegan for a week – and I’m not doing that again. Of all the things, I can’t live without milk/yogurt.
Technology Fasting – on weekends. Except for the weekend movie nights but absolutely no social media. I’m not a TV person even otherwise. It was so liberating !!
I actually deleted FB app from my smartphone on January 1st this year. And I don’t see it coming back in near future.
Shopping fast – Yes I did that too. I did no personal shopping ( clothes, shoes and bags ) from October 2014 – April 2015. I’m on a mission here :)) I believe I have plenty. I want to use every single outfit hanging in my closet before going for my next shopping spree. I have a fairly good style sense which helps me mix and match my old pieces. I think it’s always good to recycle – my kids know I’m not shopping all the time or in other words , I’m not into materialism- and it’s so important for them to understand and learn this for their own benefit. Will tell you later how / when/ why I broke this fast.
Less commitments – I would see how much time and effort would go into the project before saying ‘yes’ to anyone. It was hard for me especially because I didn’t know how to say ‘no’ to anyone.
What did I learn from the above experiments?
All of my trials above just confirmed my belief of appreciating what you already have.
Because I learned to say ‘no’, hence I also learned to slow down – now I don’t rush through my day.
I derive pleasure from most mundane of the things for a happier and exciting life.
I no longer aim to multi task. I take up one project at a time – focus on it and enjoy it .
My house looks like a home – where people live and laugh ( and cry too). I learned that a clean house is a sign of wasted life. I no longer yell at my kids to clean up. They are learning to clean up slowly without my intervention. I just focus on basic cleaning and hygiene of the house. Kids toys and their mess is no longer a concern.
As I turn an year older today, I’m thinking of all the blessings that came my way in the last one year. I started this blog and it’s growing only bigger and better. All thanks to my readers like YOU. So, THANK YOU to each one of you. You see I have enough reasons to celebrate today and be thankful for.
So let’s celebrate !!
Here are few thoughtful ways to celebrate birthdays :
Breakfast in bed
Visit to temple and be thankful for all the blessings and the fact that I’m alive today.
Go around town with family
Edit/ create your bucket list
Buy yourself a gift ( I bought myself a cool and sexy journal;)
A decadent meal
Sunrise hike/walk( I started this tradition last year)
Start a new habit/ make a resolution on your birthday instead of doing that in January.
I think everyone should start something new on their birthdays. New habits, new hobby, start a new tradition -anything which they have never tried before, which makes you happy, and which you can look back upon with a smile on your face.
I’m looking forward to spending time with my loved ones. I hope it’s a memorable day for me.
Will share the pictures soon.
Happy Birthday fellow Geminis/ Cancerians.
Happy Father’s Day.
Happy Music Day.
Happy International Yoga Day.