Birthdays, we all have one, and yet not everyone finds enjoyment in them. If you ask one person how they are going to celebrate their birthday, you might get an enthusiastic description of some outlandish party. The next person might shrug their shoulders or give you a  horrified look as if you have asked the most insensitive question imaginable. If you ask a child, most all would say they are excited to have friends and family celebrate their special day and are thrilled to be another year older. At what point in our lives does the excitement of our birthdays change to dread. Why does it change for some and not others?

I love celebrating my birthday. To me, it’s not just another day, its the day I came into this world to make a difference. A difference in my parent’s life, and everyone else I come into contact with on a daily basis. I try to be a better person than I was yesterday. If I had my way, I would celebrate the entire month.

My birthday is at the end of June. My mom, sister, and several good friends also have birthdays in June. My astrological sign is Cancer, “the crab”. I am ruled by the moon and I think the description of my sign suits me to a T. I have never worried about growing old but did wish in my early years to rush into the magical age of 16 for my drivers license, 18 for being of legal age, and 21 for…nope never mind, I don’t drink (haha). Age has never been an issue for me. I feel young in spirit and heart, keep myself healthy and physically fit, so I just don’t feel the need to worry about the upcoming day on the calendar.

I like to look at my birthday as a new year. I get to start over, re-organize, change course, make new resolutions, create a new year to do list, a bucket list. I evaluate where I have been and where I want to go. I don’t need New Years Day to do this, my birthday suits me just fine. Besides, there is too much going on at the end of the year, who has the energy. The anniversary of my birth seems to be made for this. (For those New Years babies out there…sorry.)

I hope if you have a hard time celebrating your birthday you can look at this day a little differently and always remember birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

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