Today marks another trip around the sun for me. I’m so glad I took today off my day job to attempt to do things for myself. You know that whole self-care thing? Yeah, I’m going to attempt to do that. However, for some reason, I’m predicting that by the end of the day today, it won’t feel like I took any true time off at all. Why? Because I’ll be running around doing things blog-related I don’t get to do during the week on top of all the birthday shenanigans my friends have planned.
Part of me really wants to cancel everything and sleep all day.
But at the same time, one of the things I’m working on getting better at is learning to celebrate more.
And that includes celebrating me and my life. In the past, I never really made a big deal about my birthday. But then I realized that to celebrate me is to celebrate God’s work.
As I get older, I’ve learned that I should celebrate each trip around the sun. Because for some, not many have the opportunity to make as many trips as I have or even make it around once.
So to celebrate my birthday today, I wanted to share with you a thought that’s been on my mind lately.
“Age is just a number.”
You hear this often when it comes to romance and relationships. But have you ever thought about applying to you, your life, and your dreams?
I can honestly say that I haven’t. And it wasn’t until Gary Vaynerchuck’s recent Instagram post that made me think, “Wow, he started around the age I’m at currently and look at him now!”
And if you’re an avid fan of his, you know he’s been saying that he’s only getting started, haha!
Often times, I reflect back on the time I should’ve done something with my blog. Every time I look back on 2012, I always regret not “going for it” because of many reasons. However, the top reason? Lack of belief in myself. I sat back, watched many people keep going, and are now successful at the one thing I wanted to do.
I get so mad at myself because to me, to be an “OG” influencer today definitely meant you had to be at the right place, at the right time, back in the day. You just had to persevere, grind, and hustle on what you loved, and stay the course even though you couldn’t see where your work could potentially lead you.
Looking back, I have so much regret. However, Gary has been shining a light on a truth I didn’t see before: age doesn’t matter.
Friends, the truth is:
You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
As I express my gratitude for another year of life, age is something I want to let go of to keep me from holding myself back. And it’s inspiring people like Dorothy Steel who give me hope to keep pushing without letting my age become a factor.
Today’s post wasn’t written just to inspire you. This article is a reminder to myself as I prepare for my birthday in 2020, which is the next big birthday milestone. To make up for my mistakes back in 2012, I want to set my goals now so I can work on hitting most of my dreams by the time I’m in my mid-30s.
The main focus is to continue to take action and stay consistent no matter how old I feel or how tired I am, ha!
To keep myself moving, I’ll be asking myself three questions throughout the next 365 days:
- Is this something I would majorly regret if I didn’t do it?
- Will this help me get closer to my end goal(s)?
- Am I adding value and/or inspiring someone even while I’m getting paid?
If the answer is no to any of these three questions, I’m not going to do it. If it checks all the boxes, I’m going for it!
What if I don’t feel at ease about my decision to take action right away?
At least I know nothing is ever too late!