“Until further notice, celebrate everything.” ~Anonymous
If we stayed the same we would never grow. Just as death makes us more aware of our mortality, birthdays make us more aware of life. With each passing year, we learn to appreciate life and all its eccentricities. Our mindset shifts from people pleasing to self-fulfilment, our attitudes change from conforming to social standards to imposing our own standards as through the years we begin to find ourselves, learn to appreciate every individual thing about ourselves.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
There is an emotional attachment to everything we do so it’s ok if others are not connected to what you do, so it’s ok if other’s don’t share your passion. I remember years ago, sitting in a session of my monthly book club. Each session consisted of everyone in the group taking their turn of reading a chapter or a few pages of your book, whichever took less time, while other members follow along with their copies of the same text. At the end of each reading, everyone got a chance to critique your work. One critique that stuck for me most and stayed with me for a long time was the fact that some members did not get my story or understood some of the terms I used because it was written in dialect or the term itself was unfamiliar to them.