Recently, I had another birthday which was a lot of fun to celebrate, and a time of reflection as well. No doubt, many of us can relate to asking ourselves where the time has gone! It definitely fly’s by quickly!
That said, understanding that ‘life is short’ can motivate us to focus more energy on how best to enjoy ourselves each day, and not just on holidays, vacations or birthdays!
Often looking at our childhood pictures can generate a sense of emotional warmth for the little person we were, and who still wants to come out to play.
Part of my recent celebrating involved going out dancing with my husband which felt great! We hadn’t done that in a while, so it was a good reminder to play more in that way.
My love of dancing goes way back to when I was a kid and my mom took me to weekly lessons. Though I’m still involved with dancing on a regular basis at the gym doing choreographed routines, it is fun to mix it up and explore other venues doing freestyle movements as well.
Regardless of our chronological age, it’s never too late to reignite activities we enjoyed in the past, or develop new undertakings to revive our childlike enthusiasm.
What activities ignite your younger self, or bring you the greatest joy now?
On a Facebook post recently, I showed the above photograph of my husband and I on our wedding anniversary, while celebrating at a child’s birthday party at the same time.
Initially, we were going to spend the evening alone which is always wonderful, but this particular evening, we felt inspired to share in the birthday festivities too!
We generally tend to celebrate our special occasions for an entire week anyway, so we didn’t miss anything but GAINED everything.
Showing up for others has a surprising way of showing up for ourselves as well!
Not only does being present for others deepen our interpersonal connections and spread joyful feelings throughout our relationships, it also spreads a sense of well-being within our own internal emotional systems too!
Certainly, there is nothing wrong with declining invitations, and carving out our own special time for privately celebrating whichever way we choose.
However, in this particular instance and many others that occur, sometimes just showing up can produce the most unexpected results, and leave a positive ripple effect that one could never anticipate.
In what ways have you shown up and experienced positive outcomes?