Last Monday, I turned 37. (Gulp!)
Every year I get a little panicky before my birthday! I don’t care about New Year’s Eve and the chiming of midnight that signifies a new year; but, my birthday? That’s a different story! I start rethinking my year and how this is the beginning of my next year. I usually get all pensive and concerned about what I wanted to accomplish and what I actually DID accomplish. It’s basically depressing and not useful, so this year when I started to do that, I said, “Allison! Stop that nonsense!” And in a shocking twist of events, I actually listened to myself!
Maybe it’s unrelated to my self-lecture, but this year I had one of the best birthday’s I’ve ever had in my 37 years and you know what was completely absent? Cards in the mail and presents all wrapped up. Okay, that’s a lie–I did get one card in the mail with one wrapped present from my mom and another card with a gift card from my in-laws. My mom sent me this bracelet and I love it! It’s one of my favourite things now, but it was the only gift that I opened…..
A couple of years ago I read a quote from a minimalist blogger that said something about how we should be collecting people over things and I’ve never forgotten it. I think this birthday is the first time I genuinely (as in didn’t just say the words!) didn’t care about presents at all. I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted and while presents are nice–feeling completely loved is so much nicer!
Anson took me to see Cirque du Soleil in Toronto and to dinner the weekend before my birthday.
We have seen four Cirque shows now and they are amazing–every single time! My kids made me cards and brownies and sang happy birthday to me.
My friends messaged me and said nice things about me that I think they actually meant!
Then on Friday, Anson took me to Niagara Falls for the night where we had an amazing time! (I even got to go to Target!) On top of that, my friend Carmy offered to babysit my kids while we went away. Then she and her boyfriend proceeded to take them out and totally spoil them.
So much love that can’t be held in my hands was given to me this year and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the things that we have that are visible to everyone around us instead of remembering that the most important things in life aren’t actually things! As we head into the Christmas season, I hope that I can continue to collect wonderful people and memories in my life instead of things that I’ll forget about or put into storage. I wish the same for each one of you, too!