My birthday had just passed and I celebrated it over the weekend. A huge thank you to all of my friends and family for all the amazing birthday wishes – I had such a great day.
Honestly though – birthdays are tricky for me and I haven’t really celebrated them properly in years. I’ve always been “too busy” or some other life event got in the way – like one year we had just come back from honeymoon and had zero money, then my wife fell pregnant for another one and we decided not to do anything.
One year with my family we went to a Mexican restaurant that was literally CRAWLING with cockroaches!
But this year, I felt amazing. Not just because of presents, massage and the date night (we saw the new Vacation movie – funny!). But because I’ve come so far in giving myself permission to be happy.
It’s actually got nothing to do with presents or expensive “stuff”.
The truth is that even now, I have to remind myself that I’m allowed to enjoy myself. I’m allowed to enjoy the fruits of my success.
As you know, I have been going on a makeover this year, both external and internal. From a young age, many of us have been told to accept what we’re given. To be grateful no matter what. And that guilt is a GOOD thing because it keeps us “humble”.
And don’t get me started on the media and the messages they tell us we’re allowed to have.
I am trying to tell myself these things:
You’re allowed to have an enjoyable life.
You’re allowed to have time off and to feel good.
You’re allowed to have everything on your dream board.
I’m making the commitment to redefine what luxury and happiness means for me and all of us. No more cockroach birthdays.
Everything is possible for us. We have to step up and be the role models we want to see in the world.
So – let’s agree. No more holding ourselves back for anything. No more hiding. No more delaying happiness until we’re “richer” or “more deserving”. I just bought a new house this year and I cannot be happier with the choice I made.
As you know, I’ve been on a weight loss journey this year. I have lost a considerable amount of fat off my body, and everyone says I look great, but there are some things I am still self conscious about. I have a little bit of flab on the side of my chest that just won’t seem to go away, so I looked up some of my options and yes, I am considering plastic surgery. According to the specialists at Gynecomastia Surgery Toronto, this issue affects a great number of men and the procedure is quite safe. I’ve just got to start saving some pennies to pay the price for the surgery.
Thanks for helping me celebrate another year around this planet. I hope you all are doing well also!