By: Roshanda Pratt
I am writing this post on my 30-something birthday (May 31st)! The clock reads: 2:04 a.m. I should be sleeping, but I am wide awake with excitement. Today, as people celebrate me I want to pose a question to you. When was the last time you celebrated yourself? I mean really celebrated without it being a birthday? Although excited about the Facebook birthday posts, cards, calls and gifts. However, I am most excited about the birthday celebration I am throwing myself.
I believe you should honor others, rejoice with them, and cheer them on. But I also think many of us have developed this attitude to celebrate ourselves means we are being arrogant and self consuming. I disagree. I have spent the better part of the early years of my life depressed; not liking myself. I had birthday parties, even surprise parties where people gathered together to honor me, but on the inside I did not even like me. Trust me, its hard to enjoy a party when you have self-esteem issues. It gives new meaning to that song… “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”
My life changed in college. In college then I vowed after a friend told me, I was good at celebrating others, but horrible at giving myself the same permission. I decided whether no one else did or did not, I would love me enough to applaud me. So back to my original question: “When was the last time you celebrated you?” You don’t have to wait until your birthday, you can do it when you meet a goal or just because.
So as my friend told me many years ago, I give you permission to buy a hamburger and put a candle in it … it’s your special day because YOU are worth celebrating.
Happy YOU Day!