For many years, I didn’t care to celebrate my birthday much. The day became less about me and more about how noble my mother was for having me. It was more about her and if I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, she got mad, belligerent, and sometimes violent. It wasn’t fun and I didn’t think I mattered enough to celebrate, so out of frustration and low self esteem I started downplaying the day.
Having an awesome wife and family has helped me see I do matter. Pam and Kae want to celebrate, not for them but for me, however I want. Slowly I’ve come around but I still tried to not make it a big deal. Then, three years ago I got a birthday buddy as Pen was born on my birthday! It’s pretty cool sharing a birthday with one of your kids. I decided we’d celebrate together.
This year I’m approaching things a little differently. Pen and I are going to celebrate the whole week! Why not? In a way I feel like I should to make up for lost time, for the years I chose not to enjoy being alive! I’m turning 36 years young. I’ve been through and survived a lot. It’s time to celebrate making it another year!
So each day we’re going to do something special for each of us. Going to the park to play, tackling an art project, seeing a movie, going for a run- anything goes as long as we’re having fun and it’s something we choose!
To kick things off this week, I tackled my long run early! I had a blast running with a friend in the wee hours of the morning (before sunrise)! The girls and I went for pancakes, to Michael’s, and played in the backyard before a nap this afternoon!
Coach Jen set up a group hill run, which coincidentally is on the morning of our birthday. I can’t think of a better way than to take on a hill workout and possibly puke to kick the day off! That afternoon we’re going to a paint-your-own pottery studio to have some fun!
I’ll share updates through this week. And if you have suggestions of things to do, see, eat, or try…leave a comment!