Is there anything better than a birthday? I used to hate my birthday… didn’t want the attention, the hassle, or people going out of their way for me. I never wanted to put anyone out for lil’ ole me.
But that’s changed. Birthdays? Bring them on. The happier the better in my book, and this year’s didn’t disappoint.
I also use birthdays at a reset during the year for me. Kind of a new year in the middle of the year. A new year for me!
So, last week, I did a lot of thinking about how I want the next year, my 48th year, to look like. In doing so, I also started to think about what I already know and have learned so far.
This is the list I’ve come up with…
I know gratitude changes everything.
I know loving someone isn’t always easy.
I know that things aren’t supposed to make you happy, but sometimes they do.
I know I haven’t even begun to know what I’m capable of.
I know my body doesn’t respond well to sugar.
I know I can’t live without coffee, wine, or the occasional diet coke from McDonalds.
I know writing makes me calm.
I know that my mind has many voices, and many of them are unkind.
I know I have a Target addiction.
I know I miss my mom more than anything and would be a different person if she were still alive today.
I know books make my life better.
I know being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done. Being a nanny is the second best thing.
I know I was put on this planet to take care of other people.
I know that I will never be happy with my weight, but I can learn to accept it. Still a work in progress.
I know life is too short, and we are not here to worry about our appearance or what others think.
I know I worry about money too much.
I know a shot of Fireball can change an entire day… or night.
I know things like photography, knitting, and yoga are things that will make my life better.
I know you will usually get what you focus on.
I know genuine kindness changes everything. Friendships. Marriages. Families. Work. It’s all better when you approach with kindness.
I know my dad is a really great man.
I know Alzheimers is a horrible thing for a family.
I know I could go on and on and on….
The truth is, we all know so much about our own lives, and each list is different, unique, and amazing. I believe it’s a great way to see your life differently and appreciate what you know.
Take some time this week, give yourself 20 minutes to sit down and write a list of what you know. It can be silly or serious. What makes you tick, and more importantly, what are the things you’re grateful for knowing?
I hope you all have a great week. Comment to let me know what you know for sure…