Happy birthday to me…and you!

Happy birthday to me…and you!

By Published On: January 24th, 2020

It JUST so happens that as I write this, it’s my birthday.  How lucky am I?

Happy Birthday to me…and you!

There are lots of people who don’t like to celebrate or even acknowledge their birthdays.  I understand that getting older can be uncomfortable for many.

To me, birthdays are a gift.

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning receiving the most wanted thing on my list – the gift of life.

I think that mindset comes from the fact that on more than one occasion (in my 53 years – today – on this planet), I’ve been reminded how very fragile life is.

And how quickly it can change.

The gift of gratitude

I consider myself very lucky to be alive, and as such, I am committed to appreciating my life and health, never taking A DAY for granted. On top of all that, I spend my time in a state of gratitude. I even have the word “grateful” tattooed on my forearm to show for it. 

Above all, I’m most grateful for the health and the play business I have built.

I genuinely believe that you don’t HAVE to play…you GET TO play. 

Every day is your birthday because when you wake up (which is a miracle in itself), it’s a clean slate of opportunity.

Of course, on the one hand, there are the ebbs and flows of our responsibilities in life that we must attend to – work, household maintenance, food, shelter and the like.  On the other hand, there is a chance to look for ways to break free of the mundane and find some adventure each day.

Here is a little Dose of Motivation

I think one of the greatest things we possess as humans are our ability to give or serve – to help others who need our assistance.  As a coach and play expert, nothing gets me more fired up than seeing people excited to live the healthiest versions of themselves through exercise, nutrition, and managing stress.

To show up excited like a kid on Christmas morning!

The gift of play

The gift of play is excellent for everyone, mainly because life gets busy.

Why not go for a walk with your spouse (what a way to connect throughout the year)?

What about a walk and talk for a meeting at work? Or invite friends and relatives to an active outing like snowshoeing as a way to stay in touch?  You can all be on a path to play and wellness… and socialize too.

Why not make my birthday as YOUR excuse to go and make a play date?

Happiest of birthdays to you!!

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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