This week is my birthday week. Once upon a time, I used to have big birthday bashes (and I do miss those). But nowadays, as I get older and become more penurious, I am holding back on big birthday celebrations. Instead, I either spend the day alone or with a couple of close friends.
This year, I had the privilege of spending a day with my sibling. He’s my hero, so it’s the best birthday present ever to spend a day with your hero. I also got to see a number of good friends on different days of the week and reconnect with others. It was a marvelous way to spend my birthday day and birthday week overall.
I also took a break from my regular routine (thus the newsletter being late this week, and the essay being particularly short). Instead of packing Saturday with my usual course work, laundry and newsletter writing, I took a nap, got my nails done and ate sugary, fatty, meaty, delicious foods I never indulge in.
I’m paying the price in the form of a sugar-hangover-meat-sweats combo today, but it was worth it to take a day or two to enjoy the foods I love, and also be mindful the day after of why I don’t indulge in those foods on a regular basis. Sometimes, it’s worth breaking the rules in order to be able to remember why you hold to them in the first place. For some people, this is the kiss of death to being able to uphold a routine. So, it all depends on knowing yourself and being cognizant of how resilient you are in your routine.
So, here’s to breaking routines, time with friends and family, and beautiful birthdays.