Birthdays, Aging, and Moving Through Time Transitions

Aging Birthday Figures

Aging and your birthday – how goes it?

Aging is a fact of life. I am reminded of this each August, as another birthday rolls around.

Each year it feels different.

And each year, I take time to make friends with the reality.

Aging and birthdays — a process vs. a point in time…

A birthday is what it says it is — a day —  a point in time. Step back and you see that it’s actually no different from the day before or the day after.

As birthdays go, my 43rd birthday is no different from my 34th or my 78th or my 14th. The day is still a single point in the flow of time.

Then, there’s what our culture says about aging…

Our culture adds particular weight to some birthdays. For example, your 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, and 65th years are each infused with special significance. These may not be meanings that you necessarily relate to or welcome or value. But there’s no getting around the fact that these particular birthdays carry additional weight in our culture.

So, these cultural constructs, like our images of how someone of a particular age looks or acts, can at once heighten AND obscure the importance of the day.

So, how do you ‘make friends’ with each birthday?

It’s vital, when going through transitions, that you pause and ground yourself in the actual reality of what is happening. Yes, on this day, you may be ‘turning ‘ 50 or 21 or 87.

At the same time, the fact is that you are simply traversing another day. This isn’t denial; it’s rock-hard reality.

Each day is important and each in and out breath is a miracle, bridging from one moment to the next. So turning the page to a new year of living is at once as simple as going from one day to another, and as momentous as moving into a new phase of life. It is both things at once, and I am, like my breath, the bridge.

How do you greet your transitions? I’d love to hear.

And what if you could find another hour every week? You can.

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