I looked at my calendar last week and realized that my birthday was approaching quickly and that I didn't have any plans. Several years back, I would have felt sorry for myself and thought, "No one cares about me...blah...blah...blah." I basically would have muttered things to myself that are not true in order to feel worse and worse. I know, this is not the best strategy for self-care.
It turns out that my eating disorder was the best gift in the ugliest package. It is both the worst and best thing that ever happened to me. I can only use the word "best" in that last sentence, because I added recovery to the mix (with the help of a wonderful support team). When you add recovery to an eating disorder, you get a healthy, happy person who knows how to take care of herself. You get a happy birthday girl!
After I realized that I had zero plans for my birthday (sometimes a reality for single gals), I sent a text to a friend and suggested a birthday gathering with new friends. She said, "Great!" So, tonight I am having a birthday bash with some incredible people. I am basically throwing a party for myself. And I can't wait!
Whether it's your birthday or not, I encourage you to make today special. My younger brother, Jeffery, always reminds me that we should have at least one thing to look forward to each and every day. What is it for you today? Please share your comments. I love hearing from you guys!
All the best,
P.S. Thanks for all of the birthday wishes on Facebook. What a cool online tool to make someone smile on their birthday :)