A couple of months before my 50th birthday, I had a chance to see Barbra Streisand in concert. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was. Seeing my mentor in concert was a dream come true. A bigger dream would’ve been to have a meal with her; get her thoughts on spirituality, and thank her for being (albeit far away) my mentor. Alas, that didn’t happen. But that dream got me thinking about gratitude and inspiration.
As the months clicked closer to my 50th birthday, I thought long and hard how I wanted to celebrate it. Did I want a BIG party? Yeah, that would’ve been nice but that would’ve only been 1 moment. Did I want to travel? No, not really. When it came down to the nitty-gritty; I wanted to do something that I would really remember. It was then, that I decided to take the ENTIRE year to celebrate my life. I decided to have private 1-1 celebrations with people who inspired me.
Once I had the idea, I wondered whether it would take off. I mean, that is a whole year. Would I have/find enough people to have those celebrations? I started with a list of people who had touched my life in the past, and in the present. As I compiled the list, I noticed qualities or behaviors that were specific to each person. Some people were kind, some wise, some mentors. The list exploded! I was still on the bubble with this idea. I really didn’t know how to approach it, until 1 day I visited my alma mater, St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. I visited the education department and on that day were 2 professors who helped guide me to finish my master’s thesis. I respected both of them and I believed they needed to hear how they impacted life. I went up to each of them and simply asked, “Will you come out and celebrate with me? Both said, “yes” but never asked why. We coordinated dates and VOILA, my idea took flight. When I met with them individually, I shared my birthday intention and then shared why I wanted to celebrate.
I can’t tell you how these 2 celebrations changed my life. Telling them “thank you for your inspiration” was the best moment (for them and for me).
In total, I had 25 celebrations with so many people. Was it emotional? YES! Was it personally fulfilling? YES! Would I do it again? You bet!
Want to do something grandiose and FUN? Spend a year celebrating your life with people who inspire you. (You can do it for any birthday!)You will remember it forever!
Question for you: What is stopping you from celebrating your life?
Focus: Communication, intimacy, spirit, friendship, fun