The Art of Celebration

I've been celebrating my birthday all month long, and if you're a regular reader -- you know I've been doing this for the past several years. Because celebrating is fun, and because we get to make it all up, I've made my life up to be about celebration. I've been deeply committed to doing something fun every day this month; whether it's spending time with friends or day-dreaming or shopping or reading -- plus a myriad of other fun activities. I've been practicing the celebration aspect, literally discerning how to use my precious time through the filter of celebration.

I've gone to movies, taken last minute road trips, put my toes in the sand and felt the soft salty sea water lick my skin. I've loved more deeply and felt more love coming to me.

Since time really IS precious, I decided not to waste any of it by scrolling Facebook. I still use social media to check in with people I care about, which has always been the real value for me. It's easy to spend an hour when scrolling, and I needed that extra time to add the FUN back in. I used that time well.

It's been pretty amazing, actually. I'm eager to share with you what I've been learning about the art of celebration.

Here are the top 10 things I learned about the art of celebration:

  1. Not everybody gets it. People look at me, raise their eyebrows and wonder how I can possibly do something so selfish. Hmmpf.
  2. There is always something to celebrate, if you're breathing. I awaken every day with gratitude that my eyes opened and my heart is still beating. And not from an aging point of view, even though I just turned 55.
  3. The right people DO get it. They used my commitment to celebrate as inspiration for what they could create in their own life.
  4. It's possible to over-celebrate. My nutrition and subsequent well-being has been ignored (Because I said yes to most things...) which is actually an invitation to re-energize that aspect of my day to day life.
  5. I fell in love with people again. There are so many fascinating and good people to get to know and learn from -- and I can have as much of that kind of time as I desire, whenever I choose.
  6. I am well-loved, and well cared-for. I have so much gratitude for my husband, my children, my family and friends. My cup runneth over.
  7. Love gets activated when we're celebrating anything. Love is simply everywhere.
  8. I now remember how much I adore live music. It fills me up in a way nothing else does.
  9. Open Office Hours are magical, and I am considering continuing the practice.
  10. There's no logical reason not to live this way all year long. We're making up all the rules, so I'm choosing to continue practicing the art of celebration in everyday moments.