“I am flattered and encouraged by all the wonderful messages I received today!”
This is from an entry I made over on the goal-setting site, 43Things. I was invited onto the team to wish myself a happy birthday today! This is my report on how to do it for oneself.
How I did it: Signed up for the goal. Responded to everyone who wrote to me.
Had a very productive day at work, which felt good.
Offline, I didn’t get bummed out that we might not feel up to celebrating on my birthday. Good thing, because it turned out that we went to our favorite sushi bar for a wonderful dinner. Tried several new rolls, drank hot sake, chatted with others at the sushi bar a bit. Hydra told them it was my birthday so our chef made me a really gorgeous tempura ice cream dessert, and everyone sang happy birthday. There were more calls of happy birthday as we left.
Lessons & tips:
Don’t focus on what you haven’t done by your Nth birthday. What good’s that? (And there are the hours between midnight and dawn for that anyway!)
If you are a bit of a regular at a restaurant, consider going there rather than a new place for your birthday meal. It really was nice to have the sushi chefs who have made us great meals all year long celebrate along with us.
Don’t set the bar for satisfaction too high. Really enjoy everything that comes your way.
Tell people it’s your birthday if it matters to you. Pouting about no one noticing is no fun for anyone!
My husband, my mother, my sister and brothers, my online friends at 43T and Facebook, my co-workers, my brick-and-mortar friends who called or emailed or sent cards.
It took me 1 day.
It made me Happy & warm
If you’re interested, you can see how we celebrate on 43 Things..by sending virtual gifts!