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Another Year Older and... SO WHAT!

Birthdays. That one day on the calendar that seems to sneak up on us and remind us that we're not getting any younger.

When I think about it though, it’s funny how birthdays mean different things at different stages of life. When we were kids, we couldn't wait to get older, counting down to each birthday like it was the biggest event of the year. In-between birthdays, we’d even throw in the extra “½” when giving our age to make ourselves feel closer to becoming one of the “big kids”. When we became teens, it felt like a huge victory, knowing we could soon finally get behind the wheel or buy our first legal drink. Once we begin to hit ages like 30, 40, 50 and beyond, however, birthdays may have become something we didn't get quite as excited about anymore. 

I've been thinking about this a lot lately… and have come to realize a pretty simple thing: birthdays are just a human-made concept, and the number doesn’t mean a blessed thing! 

Yeah, getting older might not always feel like a reason to party, but it's definitely a reason to reflect. So, as I now stare the big 6-5 in the face, I'm reminding myself that what really matters is that I learn the lessons from the life I’ve lived (so far), and to look forward to all of the many great and wonderful things that lie ahead.  It’s a reminder to live each day more fully, take care of myself more diligently and to celebrate every day with love, joy, gratitude and forgiveness.

So, regardless of your age, why not consider embracing each day as an opportunity to celebrate your journey, reflect on your experiences, and set intentions for the life you want to live. After all, life's too short to not make the most of every single moment – birthday or not.

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