My birthday was yesterday. I’m not one for big celebrations or hoopla surrounding my birthday. This year there were meals, drinks, and conversations shared with friends, and a lot of quiet self-reflection. While I am thankful for all of the lessons learned last year, I am more than ready to start a new chapter. I enter this year of my life feeling more grounded than I have in a very long time. I am surrounded by people who love and support me, and whom I love and support. I have fulfilling work that allows me to pay my bills. And I feel ready to allow myself to grow in all areas of my life. It is going to be a year of challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone.
Every year for my birthday I get a postcard for a free product from Aveda with a scent of my choosing. Each scent is labeled with a corresponding element, earth, wind, fire, water, and feeling, centered, relaxed, calm, rejuvenated, etc. I found myself drawn to the scent labeled, “satisfied”. As the salesperson was mixing my product with the scent I had chosen I thought about what it would mean to allow myself to be satisfied this year.
Lately I’ve caught myself comparing my life to others’ lives more than I care to admit. So and so is only a year older than I am and already has X, Y, and Z. So and so is younger than I am and has A, B, and C. As I deal with some physical issues I find myself comparing my body to what it was five, ten, fifteen years ago. None of this is helpful. I want to be satisfied with what I have, my life and my body, as is. This does not mean settling into complacency – far from it. For me, being satisfied means honoring and accepting the path I am on. I want to work hard, push myself, and challenge my boundaries while creating space to be satisfied with what I have in each moment. Here’s to 34.