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BIRTHDAY BLUES


Every year like clockwork, as my birthday approaches, I get very reflective. I used to believe I was the only one who suffered from what I call “Birthday Blues” but I have since learned that the feeling is a common occurrence.



For me, the feeling isn't one of depression (that's what it is for some people) but rather, a deep sense of melancholy and sentimentality. I think about all the things that I did wrong, the goals I may have failed to achieve in that year, and any opportunities lost. I also reflect on the change that a new year brings and the things that, due to time, will never be the same again. I mourn what could have been and what will never be.

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As odd as it may sound, I like the fact that I get the Birthday Blues. It forces me to hold myself accountable for any way in which I may have dropped the ball, and be intentional about how I want to spend the next year of my time on Earth. It also allows me to slow down and appreciate all that I have accomplished and overcome.


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The Birthday Blues usually start about 3 weeks before my birthday, and turn into childlike excitement 2 weeks later. By that time, I have made birthday plans and set goals for my next journey around the sun, and, the endless possibilities ahead of me, chase the Birthday Blues away.


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This year my blues lasted less than a week! That could be because I accomplished a lot despite being in lockdown, or because the plans for the year ahead made the excitement kick in sooner. Whatever the reason, I'm ready to "Do it like it's my b-day!". 🤪




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