Growing More Than Just Older 長大不只有變老而已
Updated: Feb 25, 2019
🎵 Age ain't nothin' but a number 🎵
When I was younger, birthdays always stressed me out big time. Something about the fear of being the center of attention while simultaneously taking everything SUPER personally-- as if, how that one day went was the perfect summation of my value and especially how others felt about me-- really made for way too much pressure and tons of tears. It sounds pretty silly, I know. And I’d realize that too, after I stopped hyperventilating in the bathroom, having dried my eyes and seeing how clearly fortunate I was in spite of losing my keys, having to work overtime or having a huge zit on MY BIRTHDAY! ha!
This week I’m adding another candle to the cake and I've got nothing but tears of joy ( so far 😉 )!
Rather than being stuck focusing on how the world feels about me on my birthday, there’s a certain kind of peace and relief I now feel in using the day to celebrate growing more than just older. (That being said, don’t get me wrong, I still love and appreciate every single birthday wish.)
While we often hear about wanting to stop physically aging, birthdays are a great time to acknowledge all of the other personal ways we have grown over the past year. To look with curiosity and wonder at how the new things we’ve tried, the roadblocks we’ve faced, the highs, the lows, and even the boring stuff has made us react and has changed us. Each year gives us a better sense of what works for us, what we like, and what we should rather let go and leave behind. I love the idea of using this day to celebrate the gift of time and the experiences that ultimately allow me to deepen my relationship with myself.
This past year, I have felt beyond lucky to have had loving family, friends, and students cheering me on , supporting my growth, and giving me energy in all things I do. YOU move me and keep me moving always! Thank you from the bottom of my heart(...and here come those happy tears 😉 )!
Cheers to making each year count!
Keep moving! xx, Katie
🎵 年齡只不過是一個數字 🎵