Another year closer to 30
Birthdays come around every year whether we want them to or not and when you hit 25 they get a little more scary, quarter of a century and all that. At 26, you’re closer to the big 3-0 than 20. Then roll on 27 and your 20s are looking more like a thing of the past. Personally, I’ve always quite liked the thought of being 26 years old. Looking back, I remember being a wide eyed, worldly inexperienced 6-year-old and realising that, one day way off in to distant future, I would become 26 on the 26th July and I found this idea quite novel. I somehow knew back then that being 26 would rock and boy 6-year-old Laura wasn’t wrong.
At the end of each calendar year we tend to take the time to reflect, promise ourselves we will drop 5lbs, sign up for a gym membership we will stop using by February, drink less alcohol (until next time). I like to do the same kind of thing each birthday (well sort of). I feel like your birthday is a far more personal time to reflect on the past year, be grateful for what you have achieved and for the people in your lives. I like to set some goals and think about what my next year on this planet might look like.
This year I feel so much gratitude. I’m grateful that I got to travel to India to partake in a months yoga training and meet so many incredible people. I’m grateful that teaching yoga has connected me with some wonderful beings and I’m grateful for everyone who has inspired me and helped me grow as a person over the last 12 months.
I encourage you, no matter your age, to reflect on the past 12 months and make a list of everything you have achieved. Can’t think of anything; did you get a new job, a raise, keep your kids alive for another year, learn to bake a cake? It can be as big or as small as you like. Just start writing down all of your accomplishments may surprise you. It also feels pretty good to look at the list once you’re done.
Now you’ve reflected on your many achievements, think about the life you want to create for yourself in the coming 12 months and what steps can you take today to make it happen? Do you need to make more time to practice self care so you have the energy to do all the wonderful things you want to do? I’m going to learn Spanish by my next birthday and I have contacted a Spanish teacher to book some lessons with her and I’ve bought the workbooks she recommended. Maybe I’ll even film a little yoga class in Spanish, watch this space.
Age is just a number and birthdays are going to come around no matter what so stop worrying about the things you can’t control and start living your life now.