I've struggled to create and write over the past week. The ideas are there and I'm eager to work on them. But once I sit down with the ideas, nothing comes out right.
Do you go through a phase like that when you're trying to be creative?
I understand it's just a phase and it will get better again. So I do my best to remain hopeful.
I also started something new this week, which took up much of my creative time: Writing a story for children. I'm still right in the middle of developing the concept, but I already have a strong foundation of the story. I'm really excited about this and I can't wait to share the process with you.
It's a little awkward to write about celebrating my birthday on the day before Mother's Day. But this is what I got this week, and I still wanted to share it with you.
* * *So, I celebrate my birthday for the entire month of May.
But there is a reason why I do this.
I grew up in a family where grown-ups didn't really celebrate their birthdays. We would say happy birthday to each other and might have cake after dinner, but they didn't make it anything special. I wonder if there was something cultural to it. Perhaps, we Japanese value modesty so much so that bringing attention to yourself even on your birthday is considered lack of modesty?
Anyway, fast forward many years, my husband and I had our first baby. As a childless couple, we made our birthdays special and celebrated in memorable ways. But once we got so wrapped up with our parental duties, we stopped paying attention to our birthdays. We made sure our kids birthdays were special, but not ours.
When you're busy changing diapers, constantly mediating sibling fights, and tackling piles of laundry day after day, it's hard to make your birthday different from any other days. There were even times I forgot it was my birthday until someone else reminded me. But I shrugged my shoulders and told myself, "this is what it means to be a parent." This is how my parents celebrated their birthdays, after all.
After a while, however, I noticed that I was unhappy. I felt unappreciated. I felt like a full time nanny, cook, and cleaning lady for the family who doesn't even get paid. I knew I needed to make a change. I wanted to feel special again, not just a mom who juggles daily duties.
Our birthday is special because it's the day we celebrate our gift of life. Having my own children made me realize this important truth. It has nothing to do with our achievements or performance, like many other celebrations in life. Birthday is the day we celebrate and honor us just the way we are.
"Today you are you,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive,
who are youer than you!"
- Dr. Seuss
Since I tend to forget to celebrate on my actual birthday, I thought it might be fun to dedicate the entire month to myself. This way, I can celebrate "just being me" in small doses whenever I get a chance.
I don't plan any big parties. Instead, I enjoy simple things like taking a long walk on a beautiful day with my family (they can't say no to my suggestions, because I'm the birthday month girl.) There's nothing better than savoring the beauty of the season while enjoying the company of my favorite people.
|My 26th Birthday, exactly 10 years ago. |
Celebrating a birthday had a whole different meaning back then.
|My 31st Birthday|
|Celebrating my 34th Birthday Month|
I want to celebrate who I am today, without judging or comparing myself to others.
Because I believe you will become who you fully are, only when you learn to embrace where you are today.
I've been slowly uncovering the true design of who I am over the past several months. Celebrating my birthday is an important part of the process.
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
"Life will never be the same."
Because there had never been any one like you...
ever in the world.
from On the Night You Were Born,
by Nancy Tillman
Let's embrace our uniqueness, differences, our strengths and even weaknesses. Because we are created exactly the way we're meant to be. We're enough to be celebrated, just the way we are.
You are special just the way you are,
And remember, you can celebrate you any day of the year. It doesn't have to be your birthday to make it special.for you are fearfully and wonderfully made...
Would you take a moment to celebrate you today?
What's your favorite way to celebrate your birthday? Share in the comments?