This past Tuesday, June 16, was my birthday. I used to make a big deal about birthdays and made sure my boys had a cake, gifts and we celebrated in style with a great dinner too. But as they got older, and I was not celebrated as much as I celebrated others, I started thinking it wasn’t a big deal and so made less and less of a celebration of other’s birthdays. I didn’t stop, I just didn’t make it as big a deal. I still made sure they had a cake, gift, etc., but I just didn’t go all out as I did before, especially as the boys got older, did things with their friends, and then went on to college.
I still never forget a birthday of my friends and/or family and always make sure I tell them happy birthday. I make sure my boys get birthday cards with at least a gift card or money so they can get what they want or have a dinner on me, and I try to call to talk to them on their special day. Unfortunately, even then I sometimes don’t get to talk to them nor get a callback. But, now that they are married and busy, I kind of understand. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I like it, but I do understand now that they have jobs, and a life separate from mine, their mom is no longer number one anymore. Sad, but true. That is how it should be though. As long as they don’t forget about me. 😉
To top things off, with the dreaded COVID-19 putting stress on the world, having to be in quarantine, and being worried about things opening up and how to deal with the changes, well, that just added to it. Granted, I did get lots of messages from friends and family telling me happy birthday, I was able to have lunch with my parents and had dinner with my friends across the street from me, but it just did not feel the same as it has been before. I wasn’t at the store I manage for my parents, so no talking to people. I didn’t have the one I love beside me to enjoy time with. I was on my own for most of the day and evening. I felt off the whole day and then had an emotionally charged day the next day. Hate those days!!
I also had to remind myself that others are going through things right now too and may not be dealing well with all the changes. They also may feel so cut off from others, they do not think of those special events or things that they normally remember because they are affected by other things happening, or not happening, in their lives.
My point is, I had a lot of thoughts and feelings in the last two days, and I want you all to know something. I want each of you reading this to know, you do matter! Make sure that you are celebrated and have a great day on YOUR special day. Even if it is you that celebrates you on your own. Make sure you take care of you and have fun! Yes, you want to make sure others know they are special and you remember them, but also make sure you are remembered too. You were put on this earth for a reason. We all were. You are worth the time and effort to be celebrated! Just know this and don’t ever think otherwise!
These are weird times we are in right now. This too will be behind us soon and there will be better days to come. Find something to enjoy. Something that makes you smile. Be silly, dance like no one is watching, laugh out loud as much as you can, love those around you, and make sure the ones you love know it. (You really can never say it too much!)
If you ever need someone to talk to or just want to say Hi, please don’t hesitate to leave me a message. I will respond.
I love you all!
(*These are thoughts and things I deal with. Your situation and life, of course, is different, as we all are. Doesn’t make a difference if worse or better, we all matter.*)