Today is my half birthday! I’m 34.5.
For the past several years, July 15th has caught my attention because it signifies the halfway point between the vision I had for myself at my last birthday and my designated deadline for said goals.
July 15th still gives me the luxurious cushion of six more months to go to translate my dream vision into my reality.
Just a Number
Last year, I somehow lost track and thought I would be turning 35 until a few months before my birthday when I realized I was, in fact, only 33. You know how some people make a big deal about turning 30 or 35, as if those years held more significance than turning 28 or 32? I am one of those people.
So 35, although yes, only a number, has become a milestone of importance for me these past few years. Over the past month, I really started thinking about what this whole turning 35 thing is and what I am going to do about it.
I have definitely gotten much more relaxed in my need to force myself to become something I think I should be. I still have big dreams, but I have a new approach for how I am going to get there. My plan is simple: to feel good.
Feel Good. Feel Joy.
Surround myself with things that bring me joy. Do things that bring me joy. Joy, is the operative word.
So this year, instead of fretting about how six months have gone by and what do I have to show for it and what if the same thing happens for the rest of the year, I am celebrating.
I still have A LOT I want to do, and A LOT I wanted to get done before July 15th. Because you know I am forever attempting to clear off my to-do list. That is part of my vision.
And I know I will get there. But now I will do it joyfully, happily.
Celebrate the Little Things
I never thought of this 6 month birthday mark as my half birthday, or something to celebrate. But now, armed with the wisdom of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and so many personal development books and teachers, I recognize that my path to my vision is my vision.
That feeling good begets things that make us feel good. Yes, it is overly simplified. But what’s so bad about simple? Who couldn’t use more simple in their life?
Today, I’m doing things that make me feel good. I’m taking the time to remember that a thing done while feeling good is infinitely better than a thing done the hard way.
Celebrating my half birthday is my way of reminding myself to feel joy, and to carry that into the rest of the days of the year. Part of me gets all tied up in knots about not having enough time to do all the things I want to do and paralyzed about which of the 80 things I could be doing do I do next.
And then I realize that I have a whole, luxurious weekend ahead of me, a whole luxurious 6 months before turning 35, and a whole luxurious life filled with joy. So choosing the thing that feels like joy is always the right next step.
Do you celebrate your half birthday? I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Here’s my half birthday gift to myself: poolside / bath time reading. So excited!