Birthdays may no longer contain the whimsical excitement in adulthood that they once did in childhood. For some of us, birthdays may have always been a point of contention. The introverts among us may not like the attention, while others may entertain the existential questions that arise with age. Some of us feel pressure to “do something", to organize a celebration as part of the birthday status quo, or may feel a ton of emotional charge during this time of year.
And then there are those of us who love our birthday. The day when we get full permission to do whatever we want and bask in the love. The day when we get messages, well wishes, social media blasts, and phone calls from loved ones. Some of us love to receive gifts and relish the moments when people we love – including ourselves – take time to think of us. Some of us feel an energetic surge on and around our birthday, and emotions are elevated and merry.
Regardless of where you fall on the birthday excitement spectrum, one thing is for sure that your birthday is a powerful day. It is the day that you came into earthly existence. The first moment you took breath into your tiny little lungs. It is a day worthy of your presence.
So, put candles on the cake or not. Go out and celebrate or go to bed early. Talk to all of those that love you extensively or offer a simple “thank you” for their well wishes. Throw yourself a party or make a date with your bestie. However you choose to do it, acknowledging the day that marks the beginning of your lifetime can be an act of self-love, regardless if you do it quietly or loud and proud. The important thing? Make it about what you want.
One way to offer reverence to this day is to perform a ritual that brings you into connection with the sacred, empowering self-reflection, perspective-offering contemplation, and personal restoration. Here are seven alternative ways to celebrate your birthday, the day you were first introduced to earth:
Whether you want to enjoy a solo birthday or a celebration with beloveds this year, having a sacred moment with yourself is one of the best birthday gifts you can receive and will help amplify your intentions for the coming year.
Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Share this blog post with them to inspire a ritual of self-love and appreciation. xo