This week is my birthday. I’ll be sharing more about that later, but today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite birthday practices ever. I came up with it about a decade ago.
Probably around that time I also had these two epiphanies.
1. I am the only one that will be at every single one of my birthdays.
2. If I want to make it special– I can do it myself. I don’t have to wait around for someone else to plan (or give me) the perfect thing. I can think about what I want and make it happen. When it comes to parties I usually delegate the work, because I hate party planning, and it’s my birthday after all. 😉 But I can get myself a present if there is something special I really want and…. and this is my practice:
I give myself a card.
Every year on my birthday I give myself a birthday card.
I love cards. I love beautiful whimsical images and often while shopping for cards I find LOADS of ones that I love. So around the time I realized I didn’t have to wait for someone else to make my bday special I realized also that I could buy myself my own birthday card. I didn’t have to stand there and think, “Oh I would love to get THAT card.” I could get that card! For myself!
So I did.
I write in them too.
Every year, I write whatever I want in them: encouragement for myself, reflection on where I have been, thoughts on where I am heading. I don’t have a formula. At some point I just pick out the card of my choosing, and then I sit down and write in it. I seal it too.
Then, on my birthday (that’s Wednesday this week!), I open it and read it to myself.
It’s lovely really. I have a whole collection of them because I also save them. Every year I get to chose the art (card) that speaks to me, in that moment of my life, and I get to tell myself whatever I want. I’m always sweet to myself! It’s my birthday after all!