I turned 35 this year, and I’ll be honest, the day kind of just came and went. I kept it low key, granted I was traveling but still, it got me thinking. As we are growing up, birthdays are special every single year. I remember my birthdays so vividly. In the morning, I would get a brand new outfit, I’d get to wear it to school and feel special all day, then I would get to invite my friends over for some sort of a party, always ending with cake and presents.
College kids are always looking for a reason to celebrate, so I remember having amazing birthday parties during my college years. Everyone tried to make your day special by throwing you a party, taking you out for dinner, bringing cards or gifts and the day was showered with well wishes and fun.
When you’re a newlywed you also have some very special birthdays. My first birthday after getting married was one of the most wonderful days of my life. Scotty spent the day slaving over my favorite marbled cheese cake and made reservations at a fabulous restaurant overlooking the water, it was incredible! I hold onto these memories dearly.
Then came war, my second married birthday was spent in the hospital 12 days after I received the life altering news, not a very fun 24th birthday. Then came babies and soon I was planning their cakes, parties and balloons. And before I knew it, my birthdays were not planned or special anymore. I was now planning everyone else’s birthday parties and always secretly wishing someone would plan mine. I now know how my mom felt when we were growing up. I try to repay her, and she has some pretty fun birthdays now. So do you have to wait till you retire to start having fun birthdays again? I say no!
I turned 35, it’s a big milestone and I should have had a party! And so should you!
As adults, we forget to celebrate and we miss an opportunity to spend time with friends, slow down and appreciate another turn around the earth. Life as a mom, a wife and a woman can be tough. It can be grueling, hard and monotonous, so shouldn’t we celebrate the happy times? Just because we are approaching middle age doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel just as special as we did when we were little girls. If anything, we have more to celebrate, we’ve survived 35 years on this crazy planet!
Here it is ladies, life is too short to sit around waiting for someone to throw you a party, if you want one, throw your own!
So don’t be surprised if you get an invite to my 35th birthday party 6 months from now. 😉