Today is my Birthday. I have had the most amazing day today. I don’t normally celebrate or even acknowledge my birthday. I think I’ve celebrated my birthday once in the last 10 years. When I was growing up I didn’t have a lot of friends because of my weight. Most people didn’t want to be friends with someone that looked like me. I was an embarrassment or at least that’s how I felt. Not many people even took the time to get to know me, instead they just went along with everyone else and just harassed me, bullied me and made fun of the way I looked. My mom would always throw a birthday party for me and I would invite people who I thought were my friends or at least people who I thought liked to spend time with me. I remember one year, not one person showed up. People said they were coming and on the day of my party I was so excited, I was really looking forward to celebrating with my friends. Well, when no one showed up and all of a sudden my mom was on the phone calling random people she knew to come down to the party place because she had to guarantee 10 people, I just cried. Ever since that day I have not wanted to celebrate my birthday. I don’t want the disappointment of people saying they are going to show up and then… nothing. Why do people do that?
Today, I spent the day alone, doing everything I could to relax. I went for an amazing massage, got adjusted at the chiropractor, relaxed, went to the beach, had a beautiful walk along the water – did a lot of reflecting on my life and spent time talking with close friends. I had many phone calls, voice mails, texts, Facebook posts/messages, Linkedin and Twitter messages from hundreds of people. It was so nice. It was really interesting though, when reflecting on my life, I realized that I don’t care how many friends I have or how many people show up. I know who my real close friends are and who I can count on to be there in the good times and especially when life throws shit at me. I’m incredibly grateful for the love and support I have in my life. I also thought a lot about my health. I still find it incredible how now at 43 years old I look like I’m in my 30’s and feel like I’m in my 20’s. I feel better now than I did when I was in High School and College.
Now that I know what it feels like to always feel amazing, filled with energy and vitality, I do what it takes to continue to feel this way everyday. Yes, there are days that I eat “crap” or something that I know will make me feel like shit later, I sometimes have to skip a workout or I overindulge in alcohol. Those times are few and far between. I typically follow a 90/10 pattern. 90% of the time I eat clean and diligently work out and 10% of the time I don’t. That’s really it. Simple. The last few days have been filled with birthday lunches and dinners and even though I chose healthy options from the menu I ATE A LOT of food. A LOT. It was all so yummy and I looked like I had a food baby afterwards. I don’t eat like that all the time so it was no big deal. I just felt way too full for two days and today I feel incredible again. I didn’t eat crappy food although I did have some delicious cocktails and cupcakes.
I have a lot of exciting things I’m working on this year and I’m really pumped to share them with all of you as they come up. I’m so passionate about what I do and the people that I touch through my work. In January, I promised myself that this year will be filled with Passion, Joy, Pleasure and Fun and So far, so good. We’re halfway through the year already, can you believe it?
What do you do for your birthday? How do you honor your body?